McLaren driver Jenson Button is confident the Woking team will bounce back from the dismal 2013 campaign.
On Sunday at the Brazilian Grand Prix, Button scored McLaren’s best result of the year moving up ten places from 14th to finish fourth at Interlagos, his now ex-team mate Sergio Perez did even better climbing 13 positions from 19th to sixth.
After the result McLaren posted a tweet on their official account describing the Brazil result as a “brilliant performance” and ended with the hashtag most fans use “Believe in McLaren”.
Speaking after the race Button, who is the most experienced driver on the F1 grid, believes his team has every right to be optimistic.
“There is a good atmosphere and a belief in the team,” he is quoted as saying by British newspapers.
Some questioned whether the fabled British team, who celebrated 50 years in F1 earlier this year, was set for a Williams style slide down the field, however, the 33-year-old was adamant McLaren were in a better position to recover.
“We have the resources that Williams don’t. Money is king in a sport like formula one. The same in football in a way.”
During the year – pressure grew on McLaren’s team boss Martin Whitmarsh, who has been notably less successful since he took over the team from Ron Dennis after 2008, however Jenson believes the team does not require a major shake-up at the top.
“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.
Former McLaren driver and the man Button replaced as the most experienced British driver in F1 history at Interlagos, now BBC pundit David Coulthard believes the effects of a poor year at McLaren may be greater than is being known, suggesting Button’s motivation will have been knocked after a difficult 2013.
However, he also believes McLaren’s dip this year was only a blip and the team will recover.
“McLaren are a mighty team,” he told the Telegraph, “they have a great facility and pots of money.”
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