Malaysian Grand Prix 2014: McLaren has turned a corner – Jenson Button

Jenson Button believes that McLaren has laid down a marker for the rest of the season after Australian Grand Prix display

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Jenson Button finished third at the Australian Grand Prix Photo: McLaren

Jenson Button believes that McLaren’s “motivational” performance at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix has proved that the team has turned a corner.

After failing to secure a single podium finish in the whole of last season, Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button finished second and third in Melbourne following Daniel Ricciardo’s exclusion.

Australia was a really motivational race for the entire team

Jenson Button

And Button is convinced that McLaren are on course for a successful campaign ahead of this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.

“Australia was a really motivational race for the entire team – even though we still have work to do, it feels like we’ve turned a corner, and that we have a racecar we can definitely work with this year,” Button said.

“It’s important that we keep pushing hard on the development front – we brought some useful upgrades to Melbourne, and it was encouraging that they worked straight out of the box, but it’s essential that we keep pushing new items through the development pipeline, especially at these flyaway races, where it’s harder to bring new parts to the circuit.”

Looking ahead to the Malaysian Grand Prix, Button continued: “Sepang is a great driver’s circuit, and even if we don’t have the overall downforce we want, we should have the balance and driveability to make the car work. And that’s really encouraging, because it means we go into a race weekend knowing that we can usually get the maximum from the car during the sessions and the race.

“Even if we don’t yet have the pace to take the fight to the frontrunners, we should have a car that’s decent in every sector, and which we’ll be able to hustle through the race – and that definitely counts for something.”

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