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Jenson Button embarrassed by lack of pace

May 12, 2013, 12:45 PM EST

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McLaren driver Jenson Button has admitted that he is embarrassed by the lack of pace the team has this season in light of the great support he receives from the fans.

Button finished the Spanish Grand Prix in 8th, which he conceded was not too bad considering he had dropped to P17 at the end of the first lap.

“For me it was an interesting race my start wasn’t very strong which was unusual because we are usually strong at the start,” Button told the BBC.

“Turn one was a mess so to finish 8th probably wasn’t too bad but there is a lot of work still to do. Some of the speeds cars were going past me means we have got as lot to do.”

Button did manage to fight back to finish in the points, crossing the line just ahead of teammate Sergio Perez, and the 2009 world champion is confident that McLaren can turn their fortunes around.

“It is still possible for us to still get up there and I want to thank all the fans for their support, it’s a bit embarrassing really to see them all but we will get it right.”

During the race, Button passed Lewis Hamilton for 11th place, which summed up how far back both drivers are compared to their 2012 pace. With these upgrades failing to provide McLaren with a great increase in performance, questions will be asked of the British team heading into the Monaco Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

  1. icemanpjn - May 12, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    It could be worse. He could be in a Mercedes and go from the front row to the middle of the field.

  2. bikingscr016 - May 12, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    It’s seems like something’s missing for Button this year, and a competitive car just might be it. And yes, he could have been Rosberg or Hamilton and been worse off

  3. arrowsthataresilver - May 13, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Button has driven really well this year considering what he is working with. He seems to just find a way to get the job done every race with inferior equipment, where as mercedes clearly has the equipment but cant get results on sunday. Lotus is the most impressive team to me so far though. They have their own way of approaching the races and it is clicking right now.

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