Jenson Button reckons he’ll have a better chance of retaining his title with McLaren rather than Brawn GP.
After claiming the Formula 1 World title last season, Button shocked the F1 community when he left Brawn GP in favour of McLaren and rival Lewis Hamilton.
And while there are some who believe Button has made a mistake going up against Hamilton at a team with which the latter has a long history, Button is adamant he can succeed at McLaren.
“If I was at Brawn still, I would go into the season positive, but not as positive as I am now,” Button told Autosport
“I have been working very, very hard all winter on many, many things to do with fitness, mental attitude – and on January 1, I started working on being a McLaren driver.
“It means a lot to me because my first drive in an F1 car was in a McLaren young driver test after winning the McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award in 1999.
“I have spent some time at the factory in the simulator, with the engineers and it is going very well. The two guys I have got looking after me, who are working with me, have been great.
“They know this is a difficult switch for me, a difficult change, but they have been very good. They are very hungry to succeed this year – which is exactly what I am. It is a good partnership.”
As for Hamilton, Button reckons himself and his fellow Brit will make for a formidable partnership as long as they can work together.
“I am really looking forward to the partnership with Lewis. That is the truth – from the bottom of my heart,” he said.
“We can work very well together and we can, as a team, fight for the world championship together. And us two together is a much stronger team than us in separate teams.
“When we get to the end of the year we will see [where we finished]. But, at the moment, we will work together and there is no reason to say I am going to beat him, or he is going to beat me.
“I am sure everyone is opinionated about it, but nobody knows until the last race finishes. We are going to work together and we are hopefully going to do a good job for the British fans.”