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F1 Driver Review: Jenson Button

Dec 18, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

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After talking about the big stories and ranking our Top 10 drivers from the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship season, my colleague Chris Estrada and I are taking a look back on how each of the 23 Formula One drivers who took to the grid fared this past year.

Enduring a rough season to grab ninth place in the drivers’ championship was Jenson Button…

JENSON BUTTON

No. 5 McLaren-Mercedes
2013 Stats: 9th Place, 0 Wins, 0 Podiums, 2 Top-5s, 14 Top-10s, 8 Laps Led
Average Start: 10.5
Average Finish: 9.1
DNFs: 1

DiZinno says: There were some races Button made lemonade out of lemons – China and Brazil stand out – but perhaps the most frustrating item for the 2009 World Champion in 2013 was that he wasn’t able to overcome his one perceived slight of his long career, that he couldn’t exceed the machinery at his disposal. The two years McLaren has built one of the two or three best cars on the grid, Button has been able to maximize it, witness some of his performances in 2011 or 2012. But there didn’t seem a time when Button could do so in 2013. Coupled with the fact the tires were designed to go off early in the year, that also took away one of Button’s greatest assets, in terms of tire preservation over a stint. An altogether frustrating season.

Estrada says: McLaren celebrated its 50th anniversary this season but were unable to give Button a competitive car for the grand occasion. Forced to battle without the benefit of decent pace, Button was still able to squeeze a few impressive results from the MP4-28 such as his run from 14th to fourth in the season finale at Brazil. But the former World Champion could only do so much with a machine that has to be considered one of the bigger duds that McLaren’s put out in a long time. That said, he didn’t help himself with sub-par qualifying (one start in the first three rows all season) either.

  1. testover6370 - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    He also didn’t help himself with some truly sub-par weekends at the tail end of the season, qualifying miles behind Perez, struggling to make up any positions, smashing the car up, and incurring some truly embarrassing penalties. But if you ask McLaren, those were absolutely stellar weekends, while Perez outperforming Jenson by a sizable margin was “disappointing”.

  2. testover6370 - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    OK seriously why do my comments keep disappearing?

  3. testover6370 - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Lets try this again. For some reason any comment I make about this team and this driver that mentions them by name for some reason won’t post. Maybe there is a filter glitch? So I will say that while this driver has been one of my favorites of the past few years, I wasn’t very impressed by his performance in the last few races before Brazil, where he qualified well behind his teammate, struggled to advanced, and racked up a number of collisions and penalties. I hope he can get back to his old ways next year.

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