McLaren may have got its 2013 car wrong

© F1 Pulse, 22 February 2013
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If Sergio Perez’s revelations on how the tyres were behaving on the McLaren wasn’t enough [REPORT], teammate Jenson Button went a step further suggesting that the new car may just not be the right one.

After the third day of the second pre-season test [REPORT], the 2009 world champion admitted that it was very tricky to understand the performance of the car.

"At times the car feels good, at other times it doesn't,” Button was quoted saying by Autosport.

"At Jerez we showed pace, but we also showed that we don't have pace at other times,” the 33-year-old said. "We don't know where we are and there's no point trying to compare us to other people. We've got to sort out our own issues and get the best out of the car."

Button also questioned the Woking-based outfit’s decision to develop a new car this season, as opposed to its rivals who opted to evolve their 2012 machines.

"If we started this year with last year's car with a few changes to it, and we'd developed that car into 2013, I think we could've started with a very good car at the first race," he said.

"Whether it would be better than the MP4-28, I don't know. I think it would be a very strong car,” the Briton believed. "But I think after three or four races you would realise that you're at the end of the development curve with it."

At the launch, McLaren had said that it had hit the development ceiling last year, on what was already the fastest car on the grid, hence opting for a new direction for 2013.

"I am still hoping that we are competitive in Melbourne," Button said.


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