Jenson Button says changes at McLaren will help create a sense of 'excitement'
"After a season like last year you need change," 2009 Champ reckons
By Mike Wise. Last Updated: 24/01/14 5:14pm
Jenson Button says the changes Ron Dennis has promised at McLaren will help create a sense of "excitement" at the team as they embark upon the 2014 F1 season.
Speaking at the launch of the team's new MP4-29 car, Button said that, as far as he is concerned, a change is as good as a rest - although events on Friday further heightened speculation that team boss Martin Whitmarsh could be doing more of the latter in the near future.
Whitmarsh's position was thrown into doubt last week after McLaren CEO Ron Dennis announced a review of the team's operations and he played no part in the launch of their latest challenger.
Instead, the smart money is now on former Lotus team boss Eric Boullier - whose departure from the Enstone team was also confirmed on Friday - taking over.
McLaren are looking to improve after a desultory 2013, which ended with Button claiming their best result of the season, a fourth place, in the Brazilian GP.
"There will be change but I think after a season like last year you need change; I think even the change of a few roles can get people excited again," Button told Sky Sports News.
"I think the atmosphere at the end of last year was good. We had a reasonable race in Brazil but by our standards it wasn't great, and a tough season. So I think having a few role changes in the team adds a little bit more excitement to a team that's already positive about the new season."
Button doubted that Dennis, who stepped down as Team Principal in 2009 in order to run McLaren's growing road car operation, would take a particularly hands-on role at the team.
"I don't think you'll see him at many more races, I don't think that's the case. That isn't what makes a team go quicker anyway - it's what he can do here at the team, positioning people correctly so we work better as a whole," he added.
"I think as a team we've worked very well in the past but there's always room for improvement. And I think with Ron here at the helm, it will be positive for everyone here within the team.
"I think that bringing in people from outside - if that is his option - I think that's also a good thing, adding to the experience we already have here."