Button not expecting much from Bahrain GP

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Jenson Button has conceded that he is not expecting much from tomorrow’s Bahrain Grand Prix, and he will be happy to score some points.

The British driver qualified 10th for McLaren, and he only just made it into the final qualifying session in Sakhir today.

“I don’t want people to expect too much out of us. It’s going to be a tough day tomorrow,” Button explained.

“We’re always going to be positive and every time I jump in the car I try to go as quick as I can.”

Upon hearing that he had made it into Q3, Button cheered sarcastically over the radio. McLaren has struggled so far this season, and the 2009 world champion believes that an alternative strategy will be required if they are to score in Bahrain.

“Most of the time we are doing something different to other people because we have to. We’ll see what we can do. Maybe a two-stop strategy is on the cards.

“We’re definitely on for points and it would be good to come away with both cars in the points.”

With Sergio Perez qualifying 12th, McLaren will be looking to utilize their strategy in order to secure some points in Bahrain. With Button free to choose which tire he starts on, he could repeat his performance in China where he finished a strong 5th.

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NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.