McLaren wrong to make ‘we have the best car’ claims – Button
- November 20, 2019
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Jenson Button says McLaren hasn’t lived up to the team’s own expectations, having made the bold claim that their chassis could compete with the best.
The Woking-based outfit often asserted last season that its MCL32 was as good as a Mercedes or a Ferrari but was pinned down by its under-performing Honda engine.
The team’s change to Renault this year has undoubtedly improved its fortunes but McLaren is still nowhere near F1’s trio of front-runners.
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For Button however, his former team should have refrained from creating unrealistic expectations.
“The three big teams, it’s difficult to challenge them at the moment and it’s going to take a while,” Button told Sky News.
“McLaren came out last year and this year and said they think they might have the best car.
It’s a tall order to have the best car in Formula 1 when you’re racing against Ferrari and Mercedes and Red Bull. And I think we’ve seen that isn’t the case,” he added.
“So you’d say the season so far is a disappointment but if they didn’t say they had the best car you’d say it’s a great season for them.
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“They’ve made good steps, they’re fourth in the constructors’ standings, but because of what they said at the start of the year you say maybe it’s not what we expected.”
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