McLaren
Aug 22

Button Still Waiting On 2014 McLaren Contract

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 26: Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren prepares to drive during practice for the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at Hungaroring on July 26, 2013 in Budapest, Hungary.

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made it clear Thursday that he does not have a contract with for 2014 – but insisted that he fully intends to stay on.

Button has an option to continue, but when asked about it he indicated that he didn’t know why there had yet to be confirmation that it will be taken up.

“I think I have a contract for next year, but I don’t think it’s got a signature on it yet,” Button said. “I really want to be here next year. You might think that’s strange after this season, but I think this season is good for us in a way. We’ll be a much stronger team this year. But as you say, you haven’t heard the confirmation of that yet from the team. I think you’ll have to wait for that.”

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Aug 16

McLaren Drivers Expecting Better Form At High-Speed Spa

McLaren Mercedes' British driver Jenson Button and McLaren Mercedes' Mexican driver Sergio Perez drive at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix.  AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE        (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)

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drivers and believe that the team’s form will take a turn for the better at .

Button, who won last year’s race, said at the last race in Hungary that the car would be more suited to the high-speed track.

“Spa has always been on my shortlist of favorite circuits in ,” said Button. “I still remember my first Grand Prix there, back in 2000, when I outqualified Michael Schumacher in a ; that felt pretty special. Then I think back to my victory there last year, I had pretty much the perfect weekend – my car was fantastic, I got pole position and just led the whole race. It was one of the most satisfying wins of my career just because I felt strong and confident for the entire weekend.

“The thing about Spa is that it just feels awesome to nail a quick lap around there – you need a car that’s perfectly synced to the driver, because it’s such a long lap, and there are so many big corners, that you need to find that perfect balance. And getting the setup right – and running flat-out for nearly two minutes – feels incredible.”

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Jul 31

McLaren Making Progress, Says Michael

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sporting director says that the Hungarian GP indicated that the team is making progress, and adds that the race could have been better had the team been able to do a different strategy.

finished seventh after running ahead of top qualifiers Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean before his late first stop, while overcame a bad first lap to take ninth. Both men started on the prime tire and stopped only twice.

“It was good, but I think it could have been a lot stronger if we’d been able to run our strategy and run a three-stop,” Michael told SPEED.com. “We couldn’t run a three-stop because of traffic, whereas some of the front guys could. They just happened to sneak into the right windows to do the lap times.

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