Updated: 23/09/2012 18:57 | By pa.press.net

Button targets constructors' crown



Jenson Button, left, and Lewis Hamilton, right, have spoken of their desire to help win the constructors' title for McLaren

Jenson Button, left, and Lewis Hamilton, right, have spoken of their desire to help win the constructors' title for McLaren

Jenson Button is fully aware of the burning desire within McLaren to finally end their constructors' championship hoodoo.

For a team with the resources, experience and know-how of McLaren, it is hard to believe they have not won the team title since 1998. But after winning the last three races - Lewis Hamilton's triumphs in Hungary and Italy sandwiching Jenson Button's victory in Belgium - there is real optimism within McLaren this could be their year.

The Woking-based marque have closed the gap to Red Bull at the top of the standings to 29 points, and with seven races remaining, the fight is on, starting in Singapore on Sunday. "For the guys who have been here that whole period of time (since the last constructors' title win), not winning it has been difficult," said Button.

"I know it would really mean a lot to the guys in the garage who put the cars together, and all those back at the factory, to finally win the constructors'. It would be massive.

"For us as drivers it means a lot to help the team achieve that, and to achieve it together. But for those guys, it would be a very special feeling if we could come away with the constructors' this year."

Hamilton could sense the enthusiasm and passion bubbling away on his last visit to the team's factory following his success at Monza.

"The atmosphere was fantastic. The guys are incredibly geared up to challenge and fight for this world championship, which is great to see," said Hamilton.

"When I went back the guys were still wearing the rocket-red tops (worn after each win), which is great.

"We've had some great performances the last three wins, so they are all thinking 'Jeez, we're going to push like crazy because we might be able to do this'.

"You felt energy, so it's comforting to know the guys are working harder than ever, they're excited, so of course that makes you happy."

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22/09/2012 21:39
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I think Button is absolutely spot on when he said, McLaren has a very good chance of winning 2012 Constructors Title.  Button, as part of the team together with Hamilton shoudl do what they can to win both F1 Championship and the Constructors Title which is within their grasp providing they can keep winning races.   Their are 7 races to go and the Title is McLaren to had if the drivers do play their part as a team for the benefit of the team. 

 

When Hamilton and Button finish the race one & two, getting closer to the Construtors Title should be a routine affair!!

22/09/2012 10:34
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Mclaren are on a charge at the moment and if both drivers finish in positions that the car is capable of then its only gonna be 2 or 3 races before they catch Red Bull if they dont pull their fingers out.
22/09/2012 17:46
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Jenson should be thinking of getting as much wins/poles for himself as a racing driver not worrying about the constructors championship.

A true racing driver would be thinking about winning races and getting to the top of his game as the more you win the better for you and the team.

22/09/2012 11:04
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Strong words Jenson but based on your current form and the reliability of the car I still think this is a lot to ask when the likes of Lotus is coming up fast and they have not even won a race to date.

The constructors championship is where the money is and beside winning races all the team would like to either win it or come high up that table.

In order to win the Constructors Championship both Jenson and lewis have to make sure they finish in the top five for the rest of the season.

 

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