It is simply a matter of time before McLaren returns to the front of the field and wins races again according to Jenson Button.
McLaren experienced its worst season since 1980 last year, as both of its drivers failed to finish on the podium, with Sergio Perez being dropped at the end of the 2013 as a result and Group CEO Ron Dennis returning at the helm of the team in place of former boss Martin Whitmarsh.
While a double podium finish at this year’s season opening Australian Grand Prix gave the Woking-based outfit reason to believe it had overcome its problems of 2013, it has since fallen down the pecking order, and currently lies sixth in the constructors’ championship, the last of the Mercedes-powered teams.
Despite this, Button believes that the team is making great strides forward – citing his form in last weekend’s British Grand Prix when he came home fourth – and believes the team will win again soon.
“It’s been a tough year to be fair, very tough year,” Button told the British radio station Talksport. “We’re not where we’re used to being near the front.
“McLaren is used to fighting at the front with the other top teams, but this year hasn’t been the case, but we are getting stronger, and the British Grand Prix showed that.
“We’ve got the best engine, we’ve got a Mercedes engine so we don’t have that excuse. We just haven’t built a good enough car to win races this year.
“We’re working hard, there’s been a lot of improvements this year already, personnel changes and what have you, adding to the strong team we already have, so we will win races, it is a matter of time.
“It is very frustrating because when you’ve won races before and a world championship nothing else is good enough, but we’re on the right track and that’s the important thing.”
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