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Swollen nose not a quick trick - Button

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Swollen nose not a quick trick - Button

By Motorsport.com/GMM

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  • McLaren nose bump draws attention
  • Button comments on the nose

Swollen nose not a quick trick - Button

McLaren has confirmed that the radical swollen nose fitted to the MP4-26 in Barcelona on Tuesday will not be raced this season.

Jenson Button, McLaren Mercedes
Jenson Button, McLaren Mercedes

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"The equipment was for testing purposes only," said the British team.

Jenson Button smiled as he told Auto Motor und Sport: "Unfortunately it's not a new trick that's going to make us faster."

There are grave concerns about McLaren's readiness for the looming 2011 season, with BBC commentator and former team driver Martin Brundle describing the car as "a mess".

I would be surprised if we can match the Red Bull and the Ferrari when we get to Melbourne

Jenson Button

"It didn't slow down," he told the Telegraph after seeing the car in action on the Spanish track recently. "It didn't turn in. It couldn't get the power down. Clearly they have a fundamental issue."

Officially, Button hailed the team's "progress" on Tuesday, but he then told reporters that he is not expecting to win a third consecutive Australian Grand Prix.

"I would be surprised if we can match the Red Bull and the Ferrari when we get to Melbourne," he admitted.

He is quoted by Finland's Turun Sanomat: "If we have the third fastest car at the opening race, it will be a good start to the season."

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