SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Jenson Button has hit back at his McLaren team boss Ron Dennis for saying the 2009 world champion needs to try harder to be more successful.
Button, the most experienced active driver in Formula One, reacted during a news conference at Silverstone on Thursday for the British Grand Prix this weekend.
McLaren's poor form and lack of competitiveness was not the fault of one man, but the team as a whole, Button said.
"Ron is practicing to be a motivational speaker, maybe. When we are in the position we have been in for 18 months, it is not easy," he added.
"And for anyone in the team, it is very difficult. We all need to work harder as a team. I don't think we should be pointing the finger at any individual.
"I don't do things in half measures. I have the experience to know you have to give 100 percent, and I always do - in the paddock, at the factory, on the phone to the engineers. Everything is 100 percent."
Dennis, the chief executive officer of the McLaren group and driving force behind the team's rise to success in the 1980s and 1990s, made his comments during a television interview this week.
He suggested that Button, a veteran of 255 races, should try more to outperform his McLaren teammate, Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen, who has taken part in only eight grand prix.
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