Button not ready to act as number two yet

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Jenson Button, McLaren, Hungaroring, 2012In the round-up: Jenson Button says he won’t have to support Lewis Hamilton’s championship chances until he’s out of the running.

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Button: I can still win title (Sky)

“I don’t think the team will actually ask me to [support Hamilton in the championship]. I personally feel that until I can’t win the championship there is a chance, you really do never know.”

The Inside Line – on Lotus?s Romain Grosjean (F1)

“Q: What?s been your most valuable life lesson?
RG: You always learn I guess. Recently a friend of mine had a big crash at a Le Mans test. He broke his back and the predictions were that he would never be able to walk again. After only one and a half months he was walking again. His view on life has completely changed and he?s thankful for every single step that he takes. So I think a bit of humility would suit all of us.”

McLaren Glad To Be As Good As Last Race (Speed)

Sam Michael on the last stint in Hungary: “We weren?t confident at all, but we knew that if we stopped, that was it; Lotus would come first and second. We knew that we couldn?t stop and come back and get them; they were too strong, so our only chance for a win was to stay out, and it paid off.”

How Ferrari has turned it all around (Autosport, subscription required)

“We made the conscious decision to change the exhaust concept and then try and regroup. That was the right decision, because then we managed to sort out all of the characteristic issues and the basic CL [lift coefficient] issues we had. Then we introduced the exhaust in Canada [in June].”

Williams F1 Head to Venezuela for a Series of Exciting Events (Williams)

“Williams F1 are delighted to announce that the team and race driver Pastor Maldonado are in Venezuela this week to meet our dedicated fans and partners.”

Comment of the day

@John-h on Timo Glock’s trouble:

I think it?s starting to get to Glock now. It?s sad to see, as a Glock fan, because I believe he is a genuinely great driver that has been at the wrong place at the wrong time. He did fantastic things at Toyota and for some reason has been overlooked by the top teams. Virtually no one has talked about him taking the Ferrari seat, but I think he would be a perfect candidate if they are not going to go for a young Perez type.
@John-h

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55 comments on Button not ready to act as number two yet

  1. OOliver said on 12th August 2012, 14:19

    In 2010, Hamilton was leading the championship with 3 races to go, and Button wasn’t asked to help.
    Withmarsh back then was saying he expected Button to go for wins, how then do we expect now that they are both behind the leaders, for Button to help.
    Secondly, what is Button expected to do if helping?
    He hasn’t been running consistently for about 7 races now and need to first get a good understanding of the tyres before he can compete with those in front.
    It is all down to the team to give priority to the driver who is faster and in front at each race, instead of trying to get both drivers to finish with the same number of points at the end of the year.
    When ever Button happens to score some good points, Withmarsh starts believing he can with the championship and then Mclaren could get confused with their strategies and everyone loses.
    Regardless, both Mclaren drivers have a lot of ground to make up.

  2. PHIXER said on 13th August 2012, 12:50

    Shame Jense as I feel you will ultimately play number 2 like you have done all season. The position your in is entirely Mclaren’s making & desire!

  3. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 13th August 2012, 13:53

    Glock doesn’t really strike me as someone who would be on the top teams radar to be honest, he’s not a race winner and he’s been out of a race winning car for a number of years.

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