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Posted on April 12, 2010
Jenson Button | James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Page 69

I was interested over the weekend to see that McLaren’s preview to the Chinese Grand Prix features team boss Martin Whitmarsh saying that the team’s start to the season has not met its expectations. So let’s look more deeply into it. They have won one of the three races, but the wins have been shared out between them, Ferrari and Red Bull, which means that McLaren sits in second place behind Ferrari in the constructors’ table, while Jenson Button is fourth in a tight drivers’ championship race and Lewis Hamilton sixth. But the warning signs for Whitmarsh are the mistakes More…

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Posted on March 29, 2010
Jenson Button | James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Page 69

I’m very interested in the response of McLaren and its two drivers to the events in Australia. Jenson Button won the race with a performance of measured perfection and instinctive tactical brilliance, while Lewis Hamilton lit up Albert Park with his audacious passing, but ended up looking diminished in comparison with Button, less in control of his destiny, less mature. That isn’t so surprising; Button is 30 years old and ten years into his F1 career, whereas Hamilton is 25 and only three years in. Perhaps because he won the title so early in his career and has been a More…

Posted on March 19, 2010
Jenson Button | James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Page 69

Ron Dennis launched the new McLaren roadcar the MP4/12 today and said that he had “moved on from F1″. Dennis’s career in F1 was full of success punctuated by some short bouts of uncompetitiveness, like the 1994-1997 period. But there is no doubt that he is one of the great team owners of the sport’s history. Now 62, he stood down from involvement in the F1 team this time last year after the scandal in Melbourne where Lewis Hamilton and McLaren sporting director Dave Ryan were found to have lied to the race stewards. Following on from the spy scandal More…

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