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Button says McLaren has ‘a lot of work’ to do

Mar 17, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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Following a disappointing ninth-place result at Australian Grand Prix, Jenson Button has admitted that McLaren are facing an uphill struggle to perform this season.

“We definitely were not getting any more points than that. We definitely weren’t quick and I think we made the right calls considering what condition we had the tires in after qualifying.

Despite McLaren’s only scoring two points in Australia, Button praised the team for their efforts across a difficult weekend.

“We got it home and got a couple of points, so that’s not bad. I think as a team we did a great job this weekend but we’re not quick enough and there’s a lot of work we need to do to move forward and challenge the front guys.”

With Sergio Perez finishing a disappointing 11th on debut for McLaren, the team will be keen on resolving the issues with the MP4-28 as soon as possible, but Button refused to give a deadline for McLaren to return to form by.

“I don’t know. Who knows? We’re not what we think we are so it could take quite a while.

“If we can get into the points again with the car that we had at the moment I don’t think it’s too bad. We had races last year with a good car that we struggled to get into the points, so we will see what we can do.”

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  1. apexassassin - Mar 17, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    Mclaren looked awful and made several mistakes this weekend, not to mention the direction the team has taken as whole of late. This fued with Merc and Dennis’s Jim Jones mentality are sinking a once great team. For the first time ever, I actually felt bad for Martin Whitmarsh… he aged 5 years this weekend.

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