POSITIVE ATTITUDE: Jenson Button says F1 team McLaren is comparing itself with back-markers Force India, Sauber and Lotus. Image: AP / Toru Takahashi
SHANGHAI, China - Jenson Button insists he has a "great future" with McLaren.
His comments follow a miserable period for the 2009 F1 champion who is the back of the 2015 grid.
Leading figures at McLaren-Honda, including Button's new team mate Fernando Alonso, paint an "astonishingly upbeat" demeanour in the face of its struggles, according to the Telegraph correspondent Daniel Johnson.
BUTTON TOLD WHAT TO SAY
Johnson wrote: "Cynics might retort that this is all a load of PR guff. Button is being told what to say to spare the team's blushes."
Johnson surmised that, at the age of 35 and with nothing else to prove in F1, Button might be better off competing in Le Mans, as McLaren is "possibly years from success".
Button told reporters in Shanghai on Thursday (April 9): "A lot of people have asked me how I am so positive and how the team is so upbeat. It is because we see a great future."
Button said McLaren has made a lot of progress since the 2015 Australian GP, and despite probably suffering on the long Shanghai straights this weekend, might soon be "picking off" rival teams.
'WE'LL START PICKING THEM OFF'
He said he was not far from Red Bull at the 2015 Malaysian GP.
Button told told the Express newspaper: "I know they're not quick but that is a good step forward for us. Right now we're comparing ourselves with Force India, Sauber and Lotus.
"Fighting with the pack is important for me. It's what I enjoy and hopefully, race by race, we'll start picking them off."
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