Jenson Button says McLaren's 2013 car is the best the team have ever made
2009 World Champion says no stone has been left unturned
By William Esler. Last Updated: 01/02/13 9:09am
Jenson Button says the McLaren MP4-28 is "the best car we've ever made" and is hopeful of building on a positive end to the 2012 season.
The 33-year-old finished the season with victory in Brazil and the team arguably had the quickest car for a large part of the year.
"I'm going into my fourth season as a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver and, more than ever, I know and understand the strengths and abilities of this team," Button said.
"This year is really about continuity and consolidation. We were extremely strong throughout the whole of the 2012 season, but, for one reason or another, we couldn't quite pull it all together to challenge for the championships.
"That's something we want to address for 2013. I've seen just how closely everybody has been working together on this car, and I think we've got the basis for a very strong season.
"This year's car is the best we've ever made - I know the engineers have left absolutely no stone unturned in wringing every ounce of performance from every available area. I cannot wait to get behind the wheel and attempt to carry forward the incredible legacy that lives beneath the skin of every single man and woman who works at McLaren."
Button will be the most experienced driver on the grid in 2013, but by contrast his new team-mate, Sergio Perez, will be embarking on only his third season in F1. The 2009 World Champion feels that they can be a successful pairing and expects the Mexican to quickly settle at McLaren.
"Obviously, the biggest change for 2013 is my new team-mate, Checo. It's always interesting and inspiring to begin working with a new face, and it already feels like a very positive working relationship.
"I know from personal experience that it can feel initially daunting when you walk into the McLaren Technology Centre for the very first time, but I also remember how quickly I was made to feel at home and how welcoming I found the whole McLaren family. I'm sure Checo already feels very much at ease here."