Button: Sometimes you need a change

Jenson Button looking forward to another year with McLaren

Jenson Button looking forward to another year with McLaren

Jenson Button believes that change will be good for McLaren and is looking forward to the team’s new Honda era, despite team supremo Ron Dennis’ warning that the most experienced driver in the paddock actually might not get a new contract beyond 2014.

Dennis told Sky, “Do I want him [Button] to try harder? Of course I do. He’s a highly paid grand prix driver, and yes, we’re not giving him the best car, but he could do his bit, and Kevin’s got to make it as difficult for him as possible.”

But 34-year-old Briton Button, who will wear a pink helmet this weekend in memory of his late father John’s ever-present pink shirt, thinks that the arrival of Honda for 2015 is what McLaren need as they try to emerge from a two-season slump.

“Everyone is looking forward to it,” he told DPA news agency. “A lot is already going on. Ron is again in charge, Eric [Boullier] is on board now. In the past, a lot of things were working well, but sometimes you need a change. I feel we are on the right track.”

Jenson Button in the MP4-29

Jenson Button in the MP4-29

Dennis said that the arrival this year of rookie Kevin Magnussen had given Button a “wake-up call”, and even the British driver admits the that young Dane has been impressive.

“Kevin is learning very quickly,” said Button. “He did not have much experience when he arrived, but within six months he has made up for a lot of that.

“We are not best friends,” Button reveals. “I have never been great friends with a teammate – I have my own friends. But he’s a good guy and I like working with him.”

However, Button insists that Magnussen is not the biggest challenge of his career, instead nominating Lewis Hamilton as his fastest-ever Formula 1 teammate.

“On pace, yes. [Hamilton] is very fast, but I expected that when I came to the team. If you have beaten Lewis, you know you’ve had a good day,” he said. (GMM)