McLaren say it could take a while before they recover from the poor start to the season they made in Australia with the MP4-28.
“We definitely were not going to get any more points than that,” said Jenson Button after finishing ninth, over 80 seconds behind winner Kimi Raikkonen.
“We weren’t quick but I think we made the right calls considering what condition we had the tyres in after qualifying. The last four laps of the race were tough because my medium stints were very long because of the short [super-soft] stint.
“We got it home and finished in the points, got a couple of points, that’s not bad. I think as a team we did a good job this weekend but we’re not quick enough and there’s a lot of work we need to do in order to move forward and challenge the front guys, we’re a long way off.”
Asked when the team might get back into a competitive position Button said: “Who knows? We’re not what we think we are so it could take quite a while.”
“We struggled here with ride, everyone’s noticed, it’s no secret,” he added. “Hopefully in Malaysia, it is a smoother circuit, hopefully we’ll get rid of those issues and find a bit more performance, you never know.”
“If we can get into the points again with the car we have at the moment I don’t think it’s too bad. We had races last year with a good car, that we struggled to get into the points so we’ll see what we can do.”
Team principal Martin Whitmarsh added there was no chance the problems would be rectified before next weekend’s race in Malaysis.
He added the team were not ruling out anything as they strive to recover: “We’re not too proud to say when we’ve got things wrong and we do occasionally, that’s just a fact.”
“But for the time being we’ve got to try and get some understanding and make sure we do the best job we can to go forward with this car as quickly as we can. probably not as quick as I’d like and many people would but we think we can work this one out, if we don’t we’ll look at anything.”
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