McLaren endured a well below par season in 2013, but after a winter revolution at Woking the second most successful Formula 1 team in history have reversed the downhill trend and are firmly on the rebound, according to driver Jenson Button.
“Australia was a really motivational race for the entire team – even though we still have work to do, it feels like we’ve turned a corner, and that we have a racecar we can definitely work with this year,” said Button on the eve of the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend.
“It’s important that we keep pushing hard on the development front – we brought some useful upgrades to Melbourne, and it was encouraging that they worked straight out of the box, but it’s essential that we keep pushing new items through the development pipeline, especially at these flyaway races, where it’s harder to bring new parts to the circuit.”
Button won the Malaysian Grand Prix during his championship year back in 2009, and he has fond memories of the venue.
“Sepang is a great driver’s circuit, and even if we don’t have the overall downforce we want, we should have the balance and driveability to make the car work. And that’s really encouraging, because it means we go into a race weekend knowing that we can usually get the maximum from the car during the sessions and the race.”
“Even if we don’t yet have the pace to take the fight to the frontrunners, we should have a car that’s decent in every sector, and which we’ll be able to hustle through the race – and that definitely counts for something,” concluded Button who will be looking to add to his 15 grand prix victories, in Malaysia this weekend. (GP247)
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