Button: The whole McLaren team has to try harder

Jenson Button wants the entire McLaren team to up the ante

Jenson Button wants the entire McLaren team to up the ante

In the aftermath of a blatant wake up call from McLaren supremo Ron Dennis, the team’s veteran driver Jenson Button has retaliated by telling the team to raise their game collectively.

Speaking to Daily Mail ahead of the British Grand Prix weekend, Button said, “I think everyone has to try harder, the whole team, we all need to try harder.”

“If we want to get back to the front, if we want to win races, then we have got to try harder. We are doing an OK job right now. We are working hard, but to get back to the front, from the management down, we all have to try harder and get the best out of ourselves so that is hopefully what every one is doing and I definitely am,” declared the Englishman on the eve of his home race weekend.

Jenson Button with Ron Dennis

Jenson Button with Ron Dennis

Dennis sent a clear message to the 2009 F1 World Champion earlier this week, “Come on Jenson, you are an F1 World Champion and one thing you can do on a consistent basis – and you should be doing it – is beating your team-mate. Do I want him to try harder? Of course I do. He’s a highly-paid grand prix driver.”

Button suggested that the criticism from is boss was unfair, “For me, the important thing is I have true belief in myself and I am giving it my all. Believing in yourself and believing in the team, that is the most important thing.”

“When I come out of a tough weekend with the team, I sit down with them, we discuss what happened, we more forward and we try and find a way out of it and try and improve ourselves and that is they way we are going to win races. That is the way we are going to win races; all working as one to get better,” explained the winner of 15 grands prix. (GP247)