Button: Confidence high at McLaren ahead of home GP

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Jenson Button insists that the McLaren team remains confident ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix despite enduring a tough start to the 2015 Formula 1 season.

Due to a variety of problems with the MP4-30 car and new Honda power unit, McLaren has been limited to just four points in the opening eight races of the season.

The team hit a low ebb two weeks ago in Austria as both Button and Fernando Alonso were forced to retire within the first ten laps of the race.

However, the Briton says that confidence remains high at Woking in spite of these difficulties.

“The confidence is high within the team,” Button said. “You might say why is that, as the last two races have been very difficult, which they have, but there is a massive belief within the team that we will improve.

“There is a lot in the pipeline. I don’t want to look too far into the future, you know, I’m on of those people that wants to live in the moment and do the best I can right now.

“It’s the British Grand Prix, in front of them home crowd and I’m really looking forward to it and I will maximize what we have this weekend.”

Button has never finished on the podium at his home grand prix, and although there is little chance of that changing this weekend, he is excited to be racing at Silverstone.

“Every race that we race in is a special race, you can find reasons to be excited, but when it’s your home grand prix it’s always very special,” Button said.

“The British fans and public whether it’s raining, 32 degrees, there’s a British guy at the front or a British guy at the back, they will always be here to support us, which is fantastic.

“It’s always a very, very special atmosphere here and I’m really looking forward to the weekend.”

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.