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Posted on April 18, 2010
Jenson Button | James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Page 69

Jenson Button’s victory in the Chinese Grand Prix today, which puts him in the lead in the championship, is one of those results which can change perceptions in Formula 1. Let’s take a balanced look at this situation. Last year he took a big early lead in the championship in a car with a big technical advantage and then had a patchy second half to the season, holding on for dear life to win the title. Nevertheless I put him as ‘Driver of the Year’ because his peaks were very high and on some of his bad weekends he made More…

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Posted on April 13, 2010
Jenson Button | James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Page 69

McLaren’s engineering director Paddy Lowe took part in a Vodafone teleconference today to discuss the ongoing debate over adjustable ride heights, a hot topic at the moment because of the advantage Red Bull have in qualifying by appearing to be able to run the car low to the ground in qualifying, but then raise the car up for the race when 160 kilos of fuel go in. He said that McLaren has dropped its programme to develop its own ride height control system in light of the FIA’s rule clarification last week, but said that he believes McLaren will be More…

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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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