Button with a 'point to prove'

Wednesday 16th April 2014

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Button with a 'point to prove'

Button with a 'point to prove'

Jenson Button is confident that McLaren will get more 'points on the board' after both the Woking team's drivers were forced to retire with clutch problems in Bahrain earlier this month.

"After a disappointing race in Bahrain, I think we head to China with a bit of a point to prove - we need to get some points on the board, and get another race under our belts that demonstrates the pace that we feel this year's car has," Button told crash.net ahead of this week's Chinese Grand Prix.

"That won't necessarily be straightforward - Bahrain showed that, the top two cars aside, the racing this year is fast, fraught and very evenly matched. The margins are so slim that it'll require us to get everything right: a focused practice, problem-free qualifying sessions and a clean race to try and establish ourselves at the forefront of that chasing pack.

"But I've always enjoyed racing in China - I won here in 2010, and I've always had good results here for McLaren.

"While it's not necessarily a track that perfectly suits our package, I think we can pull everything together and have a stronger weekend."

Eric Boullier, McLaren's Racing Director, agreed with the 2009 Drivers' Championship winner, adding that it is of the utmost importance for them that both Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen finishes in the top 10 this weekend.

"It's never easy to come away from a grand prix with two retirements, so it'll be important to get some further points on the board in China this weekend," the former Lotus boss explained.

"I think there are reasons to be encouraged by our general performance though: the chasing pack in Bahrain was extremely closely matched, but we were in the thick of it, and see the potential to hopefully edge clear.

"We're aggressively developing MP4-29: we know we have a good baseline, but it's a concept that requires development. We have some useful steps in the pipeline, and the key to success this year will be, firstly, the quick translation of those concepts into useful components; and, secondly, getting those steps to work successfully at the track.

"I think we've got good correlation between the windtunnel and the track, and our designers are encouraged by what's already been brought to the track. We'll have another little step for China, and will hopefully be bringing more key updates to every race.

"The Bahrain race was rightly acclaimed as a thriller, and I think we have all the ingredients in place for another exciting contest in China."

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