Button hits out at 'worst' car as Hamilton blames McLaren

Nov 6, 2012

Both drivers express frustrations after another bad weekend for McLaren

LEWIS HAMILTON'S problems with McLaren this season have been well-documented, but now his team-mate Jenson Button has expressed his frustration with the team and described the car he has been battling with this season as the "worst" he has driven since he joined the manufacturer.

McLaren endured another testing weekend at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Things went well initially as Hamilton took poll position and looked favourite to win the race, but disaster struck when he suffered an electrical problem and had to withdraw after 20 laps.

Button, who had only qualified in sixth, seemed to be on course for a podium finish, but he was overtaken by Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel in the closing stages and finsihed fourth.

"Button has been just as frustrated as his departing team-mate Lewis Hamilton as McLaren have failed to match the performances of Red Bull – or even Ferrari, who now look likely to relegate the British team to third place in the constructors' championship," reported The Guardian.

"Since I've been here this has been the worst year," said Button. "It's been tricky, even on good weekends. We've had a problem pretty much every weekend, lately. We need to stop it. I don't get it."

He hinted that he was unhappy with the car's specifications, which have been geared towards Hamilton, who has become so disillusioned with the team that he has jumped ship to join Mercedes next season.

But Button implied that he would have more of an input into next season's model. "We've got to try a few new things with the set up. I'm not happy with where it is at the moment. But hopefully next year will be perfect."

Meanwhile Hamilton put the blame for his failure to challenge for the driver's title firmly at McLaren's door.

"I've been on pole position seven times this year. I have only won three times. In the other ones we've had failures and issues with pit stops and so on. If my car was as reliable as Sebastian's or Fernando's I would be right up with them now," he said.

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Jenson and Lewis have very different driving styles so trying to accommodate both was always going to be tricky. Hopefully he'll have more luck next season when the car is set up for his smooth and beautiful to watch driving style. Lewis can take his aggressive style and throw a Mercedes around the track instead and be their victim instead.
Vettel and Alonso will still pave the way, knowing when to be aggressive and when to nurture the car to the finish line.