Button: It is so tough for Martin Whitmarsh at the moment

Jenson Button with Martin Whitmarsh

Jenson Button with Martin Whitmarsh

Jenson Button has denied that the absence of former technical director Paddy Lowe explains McLaren‘s struggle in 2013, but believes that Martin Whitmarsh is still the man to lead the team out of the slump they are in.

Before starting work at Mercedes a few weeks ago, the highly rated Lowe was on ‘gardening leave’ from his duties at McLaren.

Could that explain McLaren’s slump in 2013, or the difficulties the Woking based team is having in solving the MP4-28’s problems?

“I don’t think so,” Button told British reporters ahead of his and McLaren’s home Grand Prix at Silverstone.

“Paddy is a great guy, but I don’t think one individual is the reason we are not performing. Our mistake was at the end of last year, when we decided to go the way we did with the car.”

“Trying to find your way back from that is so, so difficult.”

Jenson Button and Sergio Perez have been at the wrong end of results so far this season

Jenson Button and Sergio Perez have been at the wrong end of results so far this season

Throughout the McLaren crisis, it has been constantly suggested that the team should identify those responsible and fire them.

Button doesn’t agree, “For the drivers or any of the management to come out and say ‘Right, it’s this guy’s fault, let’s fire him’ is the wrong attitude.”

“You are going to scare people, and maybe go in the wrong direction,” he said. “It’s not one person’s problem.”

Button said that this also applies to the man right at the top of the McLaren tree, team boss Martin Whitmarsh.

“He is a massive part of this team,” he insisted. “It is so tough for him at the moment, it really is.

“He is not going to point the finger, he will take the blame. I really like that about Martin – I think he is a really good leader,” said Button. (GMM)

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  • Spartacus

    Whenever you see Martin Whitmarsh interviewed there’s two things that stick out. Firstly, he’s tries desperately not to offend anybody. Secondly, he’s honest as he can be without offending anybody!

    For that alone he’s better than many of the other team leaders.

    McLaren are a strong team, they will return to the top again and again.

  • Long time fan

    Mclaren seem to be in a similar position to Ferrari last year – a car taken in the wrong direction between seasons. While Ferrari dug themselves out, Mclaren have not – possibly because there is not as much at stake with the 2014 season coming up.

  • McLarenfan

    @Spartacus: agreed 100% but he still gets respect without looking weak which is good.

  • uyu

    Whitmarsh is a far weaker leader than Ron Dennis ever was. Dennis said it like it was, offence or not.