--
 
Meet VW's SA-bound baby SUV, the T-Cross

A disguised prototype of the T-Cross, VW's new baby crossover SUV, is being tested on public roads.

WATCH: Bentley's new 467kW Continental GT

The new third-gen Bentley Continental GT boasts 467kW, 900Nm and a top speed of 333km/h.

'McLaren has fallen too far behind' - Button

2018-08-22 11:54

Image: ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP

It could take McLaren "years" to get back to the front of the grid.

That is the warning of former team driver Jenson Button, as he was asked about Carlos Sainz's move from Renault to replace the retiring Fernando Alonso.

'They've fallen too far behind'

"I don't think the pace of the car will change in 2019.

READ: McLaren, Williams, admit need for change

They've fallen too far behind. It's a great team that has won many world championships so they can do it, but it will take time," Button told El Mundo Deportivo newspaper.

Button said 23-year-old Spaniard Sainz will therefore need to be patient as he pushes for wins and titles.

"He will need to understand that it will take a few years of hard work. He will need to make himself heard and his opinion count, and hopefully bring the car forward.

Filling the Alonso voide

It will always be difficult to replace Fernando, but they wouldn't have chosen him if they didn't believe he deserved it," Button added.

Another former Formula 1 driver, Marc Surer, thinks McLaren went off the wrong track during the Honda years.

"If you look at where they are now, I think Honda was never so bad.

They'd be exactly where they are if the Honda was still in there. I think the engineers were fooling themselves by thinking they had the best chassis on the grid.

They were slowest on the straights and fastest in the corners, but anyone can do that if you have enough downforce on it," Surer added.

NEXT ON WHEELS24X
Read more on:    mclaren  |  carlos sainz  |  jenson button  |  belgium  |  f1  |  motorsport

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.