Russia

Last Race: 12th Oct Russia

Russia GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Nico Rosberg
3 Valtteri Bottas

Button 'pragmatic' ahead of Spanish GP

Saturday 4th May 2013

Share:

Button 'pragmatic' ahead of Spanish GP

Button 'pragmatic' ahead of Spanish GP

Jenson Button says he's "pragmatic" about what McLaren may learn in Spain but is still hoping that it will be good news.

The Woking team has struggled this season, falling off the pace and falling out of contention.

Instead of racing for podiums and race victories, Button and his team-mate Sergio Perez are battling just to make it into the top ten although the last two results in China and Bahrain appeared to be a step forward.

The question of how much progress McLaren have made since the start of the season will be answered at next weekend's Spanish GP.

Run at the Barcelona circuit which played host to the final pre-season test, Spain will be a true indication of whether or not the struggling MP4-28 is moving forward - or backward.

"It's been difficult for the team to make consistent progress through the first four races, but I think returning to a circuit where we undertook two of the pre-season tests will give us a useful benchmark of our progress so far," Button explained.

"There's been a lot of talk about the importance of next weekend's upgrades; but, as with every upgrade, they're simply part of the series of continuous improvement that are made across the season.

"As always, there'll be elements of it that work, elements that perhaps work in a different way to what we'd anticipated, and elements that don't work, or perhaps require further work.

"That's life in modern Formula 1."

He added: "So I'm pragmatic about what we'll discover next weekend. Of course, I'm hopeful that it'll move us a step closer towards the destination."

Highs & Lows Of Alonso At Ferrari

Editor's Picks

Never Shoot Down F1 Rumour

Never Shoot Down F1 Rumour

Sporting rumours should always be taken with a pinch of salt, but F1 has proven time and time again that where there's smoke, there's fire...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...

Winners & Losers: Russian GP

Winners & Losers: Russian GP

The Russian Grand Prix was a great event but a poor race, thanks to Pirelli's failure to do basic research...

Team-Mate Wars: Japan GP

Team-Mate Wars: Japan GP

Jenson, Lewis and Fernando continued their persistent edge over team-mates, while the Bottas vs Massa ding-dong continued...

Reasons For Three-Car Teams

Reasons For Three-Car Teams

What's not to like about three-car teams? Bernie's suggestion has been dismissed by the purists, but it would tighten up the racing...