Button: McLaren not in permanent downward spiral 26 November, 2013 Jenson Button Jenson Button has played down suggestions that McLaren could be set to enter a Williams like downward spiral to the bottom half of the Formula 1 grid. The once dominant Williams team – multiple World Champions with a glorious history – has now been dwarfed by the superior resources, facilities and budgets of Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes and McLaren. McLaren, however, had an awful 2013 season – its worst in decades – and is now losing its title sponsor Vodafone. But after recording a mere fourth place finish in the Interlagos finale, the team said on Twitter it had been a “great performance”, adding the hashtag ‘Believe In McLaren’. Button defended the Woking based team’s optimism. “There is a good atmosphere and a belief in the team,” he is quoted by British newspapers, denying that McLaren could follow Williams into a slide down the grid. “We have the resources that Williams don’t. Money is king in a sport like Formula 1. The same [as] football in a way.” Button also denied McLaren needs a management shakeup, even though Martin Whitmarsh has presided over a season in which not even a single podium was mounted by the Briton or his now departed Mexicanteam mate Sergio Perez. “They’ve had a tough time of it this year and everybody is quoting figures,” he said. “But everyone is excited about next year. [Rule] changes are great for everyone apart from Red Bull,” he insisted. Button’s friend and former F1 driver David Coulthard, however, thinks the 2009 World Champion’s motivation would have taken a big knock in 2013. But the Scot, who drove for McLaren for years, tips Button and the team to rise again. “McLaren are a mighty team,” he told the Telegraph, “they have a great facility and pots of money.” (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsBerger to McLaren reports won’t go awayMcLaren deny more key staff set to leaveSporting director Michael to leave McLarenButton linked with Le Mans switch as McLaren ditherBoullier: I understand Jenson may not feel comfortableButton not concerned about his F1 futureAlonso now with Movistar backing key to 2015 gridHamilton staying at Mercedes, Alonso to McLaren deal doneMcLaren preview Russian Grand PrixAlonso in tough negotiations with McLaren Red Bull Cheats Haaaa and he laughed at Lewis for leaving. Haaa. No grip! matthew So if cash is everything in F1… why was mclaren, the team with more $ than God such a joke this year? It wasn’t the drivers. McLarenfan McLaren dropped the ball with this car mainly a Paddy Lowe as team’s Technical Director car but as we know Paddy is now with Lewis and co. A41202813GMAIL LEWIS Will Come Back, But First, He Will Drive For The REDS. Go, HAMILTON ! splat It seems to me that Mc Claren is where you go to excel at mediocrity.