Button: Huge challenge ahead

Date published: January 29 2015

Jenson Button is "under no illusion that it will be easy" as McLaren gear up for the newest chapter in their partnership with Honda.

This season McLaren have swapped Mercedes engine for Honda power, bringing back memories of the glory days in the late in 1980s and 90s when McLaren-Honda won four successive Championship doubles..

Achieving that level of success again won't be easy as not only did McLaren fail to win a race in 2014 but for Honda this is their first year under the new 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 rules.

Button, though, has faith in the team and reckons they are up to the challenge, a sentiment echoed by bookmakers Paddy Power.

The Brit said: "The off-season has really brought about a sense of renewal coming into 2015 – continuing my relationship with McLaren, getting married, and now embarking on such an exciting chapter: McLaren’s new partnership with Honda. I’ve trained hard over the winter, and I’m absolutely itching to get going in the new McLaren-Honda MP4-30.

"It’s been interesting to spend time in the factory during the past few weeks: you can really sense a feeling of reignited optimism and positivity around the building. I’ve never seen such motivation amongst the guys – we’re all massively keen to get going in Jerez and to work hard on developing our new car.

"But we’re under no illusion that it will be easy – there’s a huge challenge ahead of us to try to pull back the gap to our rivals, but we’re certainly up for it. We ended last season with great momentum and clear progress, and I’m determined to carry that forward into 2015."

The Brit also spoke of his new team-mate Alonso, who many are tipping to have the edge over Button this season.

Button, though, reckons the two will work well together.

“I’m also looking forward to working with my new team-mate, Fernando, and I’m confident that our joint experience on track will pay dividends in our development race to get our team back to the front of the grid. I’m hugely motivated to make more history in this new McLaren-Honda era"