Jenson Button endured a difficult United States Grand Prix weekend in Austin that came to a disappointing end today as he picked up just one point for tenth place.
McLaren has suffered from a severe lack in form in 2013 thanks to the poor pace of the MP4-28 car. Nevertheless, with teammate Sergio Perez qualifying and finishing seventh at the Circuit of the Americas, Button had hoped for better.
“Even though I was only battling for a single world championship point, I still wanted to do the best job I could this afternoon,” Button said. “As in all the past few races, I made contact with another car on the first lap – and that contact broke my left-hand front-wing endplate. It wasn’t quite as bad as in Abu Dhabi, but it still left me with quite a lot of understeer.”
The 2009 world champion is hoping for better luck in Brazil next weekend at the final round of the season.
“Now, I’m hoping for a trouble-free, exciting and prosperous final grand prix of the season in Brazil next weekend.”
The Briton will be joined by Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen at McLaren next season.
BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.
In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.
Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.
BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.
The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans
In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.
BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.