Jenson Button hopes his eighth place in Spain is the start of a revival for McLaren
Former Champ confident of making another step forward in Monaco
By William Esler. Last Updated: 12/05/13 6:46pm
Jenson Button is hopeful that his eighth place in Spain will signal the start of a revival for McLaren, but admits it is hard to know how much of a step the team have made.
A nightmare qualifying left the Englishman 14th on the grid and by the end of the opening lap the McLaren driver had dropped to 17th place.
The 33-year-old was heard complaining about tyre temperatures during the first stint. However, a calm and controlled drive thereafter saw him preserve his Pirelli tyres and finish eighth.
"I don't know if we have improved - it is hard to say - but we will get back and look at everything and hopefully this is the start of better things in terms of parts on the car," Button told Sky Sports F1.
"In Monaco we will hopefully make another step forward and we can keep progressing. It is tough at the moment, but we are making the best out of it we can.
"I really struggled at the start of the race today - for some reason the lap to the grid was really slow and that really hurt us I think.
"At Turn One I had no grip and got boxed in and fell to 17th after lap one - shocking! But to get through to eighth I think shows good strategy from the team."
Whilst Button is hopeful of improvements in Monaco, Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh has demanded a step forward after being disappointed with how their upgrades performed in Spain.
"I think we have been quite open and I expect more next time," the McLaren boss said. "We have got to push and get closer to the front clearly."