Jenson Button is delighted with the performance of his Honda Civic powered McLaren F1 car and the new AA sponsorship. “The AA has made me a priority case. If they can’t fix the car track-side within 30 minutes they’ll tow me back to the pits. Which will help save fuel and be good for my lap times too.”
The AA link-up is new for Button but he has a long history with Honda, having been blessed by their previous F1 effort until 2008. “When Honda quit, the team had a small party then lashed together a new car with Mercedes power, which sadly won me the 2009 title.”
“I could hardly contain my joy when McLaren dumped Mercedes engines and opted for Honda this year instead. I confess I was a little surprised they’d gone for a production Civic engine though … I only learned about that after I’d signed the contract.”
McLaren has started 2015 cautiously, using the 1.4 motor so as not to overstretch the chassis. “We’ve even gone for a space saver spare wheel to save weight” says Team Principal Ron Dennis”, and once we’ve ironed out the other chassis problems we’ll upgrade to the 1.6 Diesel.”
Dennis remains upbeat about the team’s early season form: “True, Jenson may be at the back of the grid, but he’s hardly used any fuel yet. And we did manage to keep that ‘new car’ smell he loves so much.”
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