Jenson Button starts his fifteenth season as a grand prix driver when he climbs into his McLaren for the start of the first free practice session of the Australian Grand Prix weekend, and is adamant he will return to the top step of the podium this year.
Speaking to media on the eve of the season opener in Melbourne, Button said, “There were two teams that were really fast in testing – and we weren’t one of them. But we have brought upgrades to Australia that hopefully will take us close to the front. We are definitely expecting to win races this year.”
Button endured a well below par season in 2013, one fo the worst in McLaren’s illustrious history and the 2009 World Champion admits that a repeat of last year will not go down well.
“I would be very disappointed if we find out we are in the same situation as last year. There is a much better feeling in the team and the car itself feels like a pretty good race car, so things look promising.”
“Whether we are quick enough to win here [in Melbourne] I don’t know,” added Button who has twice won the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. (GP247)