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Zlatan Ibrahimovic set 12 challenges by fan to win internet domain name

Take Zlat! Cheeky fan sets Ibrahimovic 12 bizarre challenges to win website in his name

By
James Andrew

PUBLISHED:

10:57 GMT, 5 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:57 GMT, 5 January 2013

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have finally met his match – but not with another player – instead with a cheeky fan who bought the internet domain name Zlatan.fr and set him a number of ridiculous challenges if he wants to win it off him.

The bold Paris Saint-Germain fan, who has opted to remain anonymous, bought the website name shortly after the striker completed his move from AC Milan to the French capital in the summer.

The Swedish superstar is a hit in Paris and is understood to be keen on strengthen his marketing ties in France and the Zlatan.fr domain name would be the perfect way to promote his brand.

Met his match: PSG star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been set a number of challenges if he wants to win website in his name

Met his match: PSG star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been set a number of challenges if he wants to win website in his name

And the fan says he is willing to hand over the registration details for free, so long as the striker completes one of the 12 challenges that have been laid out.

In an open letter to the Swede on the website, the fan writes: ‘When you signed in my beloved club, It was an incredible surprise to see that the domain name 'Zlatan.fr' was available.

Bold: The PSG fan wrote a letter to Ibrahimovic

Bold: The PSG fan wrote a letter to Ibrahimovic

‘So, I rushed to book it as I really didn't want a malicious person to take advantage of your name and image.

‘So now, I give you the opportunity to have it back. And for that, as you can imagine, we won’t bother with lawyers and endless procedures. Obviously it would be a waste of time and money for both of us. Instead, I got a much funnier idea. And as I am a very good guy, I let you have the choice of weapons.’

Hair we go! One of the challenges was for Ibrahimovic to give up a lock of his hair

Hair we go! One of the challenges was for Ibrahimovic to give up a lock of his hair

All of the challenges are ridiculous, though. Ranging from playing Zlatan at Fifa on the Playstation, to letting the striker beat up the fan using taekwondo, and even donating a lock of his hair, the fan certainly has a pretty vivid imagination.

It is not clear if Ibrahimovic is aware of the website or the challenges he has been set, but it is unlikely, all the challenges are below.

Unbelievable: Ibrahimovic clebrates his wonder goal against England

Unbelievable: Ibrahimovic clebrates his wonder goal against England

THE CHALLENGES:

1. Offer me a dedicated PSG jersey, with my name on it and the following quote: “After Zlatan, you really are the best !”

2. Stay at my place for a month. This way, all my life, I could say “Ibra Sure, he used to sleep on my couch for a while.”

3. Offer me 3 lifetime season tickets, for two of my friends and I. Obviously, I’m talking about Official tribune tickets… don’t try to fool me with your crappy H Blue tribune tickets…

4. Win penalty kicks against me, at the Parc des Princes of course, so that you’re at home and have no excuse in case I win.

5. Beat me at taekwondo. I’ve heard you’re not too bad at it. As I’ve never practiced that sport myself, I recommend you to choose this challenge.

6. Give me one of your locks of hair as a gift. Samson’s strength came from his long hair. I think it works the same way with you. Then, I can make a key ring with it, which will bring me power for the rest of my life.

7. Beat me at FIFA13. You can choose the teams but, anyway trust me, there is no way you can make it.

8. Score a more-than-30-meter-backflip-goal in an official game. Just kidding… this is not realistic.

9. Let me slap you in the face, without saying a word… and in public obviously.

10. Offer a bare-chested dedicated photo of you to my girlfriend. Frankly, among all of those challenges, I have to confess it’s not my favorite. I’m getting fed up to see twinkles in her eyes when you take off your jersey at the end of a game.

11. Manage to have Neymar sign at PSG during the 2013 summer transfer market.

12. Simply ask me to let you have this domain name for free… but face to face and – as a tribute to Guillaume – in French obviously.

Sports minister Hugh Robertson says racism bans need to be tougher

Football must get tough on racism, says sports minister Robertson

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UPDATED:

12:38 GMT, 23 December 2012

Sports minister Hugh Robertson has admitted the recurrence of racist incidents in English football is a concern and has called on the game to work harder to create opportunities for black managers.

Liverpool's Luis Suarez and Chelsea defender John Terry were both handed bans for racist abuse in the last 12 months.

'I think most of us would be worried by the recurrence of the issues around racism in football,' Robertson told Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme.

Too soft: John Terry's four game ban was not enough, according to Hugh Robertson MP

Too soft: John Terry's four game ban was not enough, according to Hugh Robertson MP

Asked if the Football Association, who suspended Terry for four games, should have been harder on the England captain, Robertson added: 'Yes, I think in retrospect the answer to that is yes.

'They are in a difficult position because they have to follow the law and there are legal challenges on all sides, but I don't think anybody looking back on this year would think it's been a particularly happy chapter.

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Ugly scenes: Danny Rose was racially abused while playing for England U21s in Serbia

Time to get tough: Sports minister Hugh Robertson says football must keep on top of racism issues

Time to get tough: Sports minister Hugh Robertson says football must keep on top of racism issues

'It's one of those things racism that you've really got to keep on top of it the whole time.

'I've seen quite a few black players who've asked to come and see me to talk through the problems. They very clearly feel there aren't enough black coaches, there aren't enough black managers, there's a glass ceiling on top them.

'That's why developments like St George's Park are going to be so important to bring through a new generation of black coaches and black managers to try and tackle this.

'Just look at the FA council, and ask yourself how many ex black players and how many women there are on that body, it's not a great advertisement.'

Martin Murray to fight Jorge Navarro for vacant WBA interim middleweight title

Murray gets shot at unbeaten Navarro for vacant WBA interim middleweight title on Hatton undercard

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UPDATED:

20:18 GMT, 7 November 2012

Martin Murray will fight for the vacant WBA interim middleweight title against unbeaten Venezuelan Jorge Navarro on the undercard of Ricky Hatton's comeback at the Manchester Arena on November 24.

The 30-year-old from St Helens has endured a frustrating year after drawing with then world champion Felix Sturm last December.

Murray has had only one fight since then, a points win over Frenchman Karim Achour in June, but hopes to get back on track with victory over Navarro.

Dangerous fight: Murray

Dangerous fight: Murray

'This is a dangerous fight,' he said. 'It has been tough getting an opponent, but Navarro is the only fighter ranked in the top 10 willing to fight me.'

Murray held the British title until recently and was ordered to face Commonwealth champion Billy Joe Saunders but that clash failed to materialise.

Subsequently, Murray was stripped of his title and Saunders will instead face Nick Blackwell for the vacant strap at the Excel Arena in London on December 15.

Since drawing with Murray last year, Sturm lost his WBA Super title to Australian Daniel Geale but he is set to be stripped of his newly-acquired honour after opting not to fight regular champion Gennadiy Golovkin.

Murray is ranked third by the WBA, four places above his younger opponent, and will hope that victory later this month will propel him into contention for title challenges.

Navarro has been a professional for six years but has fought just 12 times, stopping 10 of his opponents early with his last victory coming against Javier Gonzalez in August.

Ipswich boss Paul Jewell refuses to quit

Ipswich boss Jewell refuses to quit despite another home defeat

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UPDATED:

18:15 GMT, 22 September 2012

Under-pressure Ipswich manager Paul Jewell is refusing to quit, despite his side sliding to a 2-1 defeat at home to Charlton.

The Blues have lost four of their seven league games and only won once, a rotten sequence that has put Jewell's job on the line.

Under fire: Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell

Under fire: Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell

Harry Redknapp is already being touted as a possible successor; the former Spurs boss is close friends with Ipswich owner Marcus Evans.

'I'm annoyed and I know I'm not very popular at the minute,' Jewell said.

'But I'm not going to run and hide.

'It's not nice and it's a horrendous place to be (second from bottom). But all I can do, and all I will do, is keep doing my job to the best of my ability; until I'm told otherwise.

'I'm not going to quit. It's not an easy situation but I'm not going to chuck it in.'

When asked about the Redknapp rumours, Jewell added: 'I don't know if I'll keep my job. You're asking the wrong man.

'If Harry Redknapp is going to become manager of Ipswich then that will happen. What can I do about it

'If Marcus Evans wants to put Harry Redknapp in charge he can do it. He can do what he likes.

'The only way I can affect that is by working as hard as I can to try and get it right. Until I'm told differently I won't run away.

'You've got to face up to challenges in life and this is certainly a challenge for me and my family. But I'll dust myself down, come in tomorrow and prepare for the Barnsley game.'

Charlton scored both their goals at the start of the second half. The first came after a ball in from the right reached Salim Kerkar, whose low cross from the left was turned in by skipper Johnnie Jackson.

Two minutes later it was 2-0 as Massimo Luongo was robbed of possession and Ricardo Fuller, on his full debut, surged forward and skipped round Tommy Smith before firing into the bottom corner.

Town pulled one back in fortuitous circumstances when Jason Scotland's speculative effort deflected in off Leon Cort.

But Charlton hung on and delighted boss Chris Powell said: 'It's been a tough time for ourselves and Ipswich.

'We both saw it as an opportunity to get back on track and I'm delighted we came out on top. Over 90 minutes we deserved it. It was a sterling performance from all my players.

'We'd lost our previous three games but gone close, although I know I can't keep saying that. You've got to get points.

'The last half-hour against Derby (on Tuesday night) showed what we can do in this league. I asked my players to show what they could do for longer than 30 minutes and I felt they did that today.

'I'm really pleased for everyone connected within our club.'

Oscar de la Hoya welcomes Ricky Hatton return

Welcome back, Ricky! De La Hoya gives Hatton return seal of approval

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UPDATED:

21:50 GMT, 12 September 2012

No matter whom he faces in his comeback fight on November 24, Ricky Hatton's fanatical army of fellow Mancunians will turn out in force.

It is inevitable that he will shake off the ring rust against a journeyman opponent in his first fight since he was knocked deeply unconscious by Manny Pacquiao three years ago.

It is the decision Hatton vowed never to take when he formally announced his retirement last year.

Welcome back: Ricky Hatton will return to the ring on November 24

Welcome back: Ricky Hatton will return to the ring on November 24

Not for me: Oscar de la Hoya (centre) has welcomed Hatton back, but says he will not come out of retirement himself

Not for me: Oscar de la Hoya (centre) has welcomed Hatton back, but says he will not come out of retirement himself

The U-turn has been driven by the itch to fight again which gnaws at all great boxers, a nagging reluctance to go out on his back after KOs by Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao, and the need to find television exposure for the stable of youngsters he promotes.

'Golden Boy' Oscar de la Hoya gave enthusiastic approval here yesterday when I told him that Hatton is returning to the ring, saying: 'I wish Ricky all the luck in the world.

'He's still only 33 and who is to say he should not do this. I support him 100 per cent.'

De la Hoya v Hatton is one of those mega-fights which never happened and if it were to take place during the Hitman's comeback it could easily be worth $100million.

But the Golden Boy reiterated his determination to stay retired, even though he is back to full health after renouncing drink and drugs.

He said: 'I am in fighting shape but I'm 39 and my body would not take it. Nothing will lure me back into the ring, not even the prospect of fighting Ricky.'

Looking trim: Ricky Hatton will reveal his future plans on Friday

Looking trim: Ricky Hatton will reveal his future plans on Friday

That does not mean that his company will not promote Hatton, a long-time partner now, if his return develops into further world title challenges in Las Vegas.

For the Hitman, money is not the lure. He is a multi-millionaire. The urge to fight again took on the heated proportions of a crusade when Sky Sports pulled the plug on his shows even though proteges like Scott Quigg are closing on world title shots.

Naturally, the prospect of the Hitman himself climbing back into the ring has attracted a queue of alternative networks.

It is believed a new TV deal has been brokered with Hatton committed to at least two or three fights. In our recent poll a majority of fight fans urged him not to risk a comeback but the health issues are not that simple in his case.

At 33 – even though those years have been lived high on the hog – Hatton is still of a good fighting age.

Outclassed: Hatton was hammered by Manny Pacquiao three years ago

Outclassed: Hatton was hammered by Manny Pacquiao three years ago

Outclassed: Hatton was hammered by Manny Pacquiao three years ago

Out with a whimper: The Briton did not want to call it a day after a devastating defeat

Out with a whimper: The Briton did not want to call it a day after a devastating defeat

Whether his punch resistance has been weakened by his old binge-drinking and the heavy defeats by Pacquiao and Mayweather is a question which only a return to action can answer.

He has barely touched hard drink while coming down to within less than a stone of his world lightwelterweight title winning poundage.

Ricky Fatton – as he humorously called himself between fights – said yesterday: 'I'm so slim now I nearly fell through a street grating.'

The duration of his comeback will be determined by the first couple of bouts.

But if his skills are undiminished, more big nights in Manchester and Las Vegas – even including return matches with Mayweather and Pacquiao – are not out of the question.

Amir Khan is considering a new trainer who would make him his No 1 priority and help tighten up his defence.

The 25-year-old is coached by Freddie Roach, who is involved with Manny Pacquiao and Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr.

It is thought Khan is frustrated at travelling to the Philippines to fit in with Pacquiao's preparations.

But Roach said: 'Amir would get all the attention he needs for his fight on December 15 and if he wants me to train him for that he knows the number to call.'

On the lookout Amir Khan (left) could leave trainer Freddie Roach (right)

On the lookout Amir Khan (left) could leave trainer Freddie Roach (right)

Chris Coleman disappointed by Serbia defeat

Coleman wants Wales to play with pride after 'unacceptable' Serbia hammering

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22:21 GMT, 11 September 2012

A shell-shocked Chris Coleman was at a loss to explain his side's 'unacceptable' performance in their humiliating 6-1 defeat to Serbia in Novi Sad.

Wales turned in an inept display littered with horrendous defensive errors as they suffered their third heaviest defeat since 1930.

It was hoped that this generation of players could end a wait to reach a major finals that stretches back to 1958, but on the evidence of this shambolic display Wales are unlikely to be in Brazil in 2014.

Battered: Aleksandar Kolarov (left) scored the first goal for Wales, and criticised Chris Coleman's side before the match

Battered: Aleksandar Kolarov (left) scored the first goal for Wales, and criticised Chris Coleman's side before the match

Futile: Coleman was powerless to prevent his side's mauling by Serbia

Futile: Coleman was powerless to prevent his side's mauling by Serbia

Aleksandar Kolarov curled home a free-kick and Zoran Tosic doubled the home side's lead after some comedy defending had allowed Manchester City's Kolarov to slip past several challenges.

Gareth Bale got Wales back in it with a stunning free-kick but Darcy Blake's awful defensive header allowed Filip Duricic to net Serbia's third before the break.

Dusan Tadic got the fourth before another gaffe from Blake let in Branislav Ivanovic and Miralem Sulejmani completed the rout.

The result leaves Wales rooted to the foot of Group A and Coleman admitted he was lost for words.
When asked to explain the defeat, he said: 'Obviously I did not see it coming.

'We knew it would be difficult coming here but on the back of Friday's performance against Belgium we thought we could get something, but we can't accept that level of performance.

Flood gates: Kolarov opened the scoring with a wonderful free-kick

Flood gates: Kolarov opened the scoring with a wonderful free-kick

'To say it is disappointing is an understatement. We have to do much better than that and we are capable of doing much better.

'At times it was men against boys, the goals we conceded were criminal really and the individual errors were disappointing.

'To lose 6-1 is an absolute hammering and we can't ignore that, the manner of the performance was particularly disappointing.

'At this level you cannot gift teams goals, you have to at least be hard to beat and play with a bit of pride and we didn't do that. We caved in.'

All the optimism that flourished towards the end of Gary Speed's reign with a run of four wins in five games has now been extinguished.

And it got worse: Branislav Ivanovic scored his side's fifth goal

And it got worse: Branislav Ivanovic scored his side's fifth goal

Coleman was always set to have a
difficult task succeeding the late Speed, but a run of five defeats
since he was unveiled and the manner of this humbling reverse mean he is
already starting to come under pressure.

Serbia had hardly been in stellar
form themselves prior to their drubbing of the Dragons, scoring in just
two of their last 10 games while this was just their second win in 12.

Wales' next fixtures in Group A are at home to Scotland and away to Croatia next month.

And Coleman is prepared to deal with any criticism that comes his way.

He said: 'When you lose 6-1 and the team performs like that you have to take responsibility.

'I don't worry about any pressure or negativity aimed at me, I have seen it all before.

'This is the first time being an
international manager when I have been taught a lesson and that hurts
more than anything else. We have let people down but thankfully there is
another one coming up.'

Valentino Rossi set to rejoin Yamaha after leaving Ducati

Rossi set for Yamaha reunion as MotoGP legend calls time on Ducati stint

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UPDATED:

11:50 GMT, 10 August 2012

Valentino Rossi is expected to rejoin Yamaha after Ducati confirmed they were parting company with the Italian at the end of this year.

Since leaving Yamaha at the end of 2010, after winning four of his six MotoGP titles with the team over a seven-year period, Rossi has struggled at Ducati.

The all-Italian partnership has been unable to shine, with the 33-year-old failing to win a race and only stepping on to the podium twice in 27 grands prix overall.

On the move: Rossi is set to rejoin Yamaha after leaving Ducati

On the move: Rossi is set to rejoin Yamaha after leaving Ducati

A statement from Ducati read: 'As the MotoGP series awaits its return to action for the August 19 Indianapolis Grand Prix, Ducati announces that its working relationship with Valentino Rossi will conclude at the end of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship.

'Ducati wishes the Italian well for the new challenges that await him, and in the meantime, the team will continue to give its best effort in order to improve over the latter part of the season.

Off track: Rossi has struggled with Ducati

Off track: Rossi has struggled at Ducati

'Racing has always been in Ducati's DNA, and now more than ever, it is integral to the Borgo Panigale company's product development and image. Audi shares Ducati's strategic approach and agrees with its growing commitment to competition.

'Therefore, having recently renewed its agreement with American Nicky Hayden, Ducati is in the process of finalising the team that will take part in the 2013 world championship, confident that its team and bike will be capable of competing at the highest level.'

It is understood Yamaha are to shortly confirm the arrival of Rossi, who has seven world titles overall to his name.

London 2012 Olympics: Women"s beach volleyball pair announced

Team GB select Dampney and Mullin as women's beach volleyball pair

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UPDATED:

10:31 GMT, 2 July 2012

Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullin will represent Great Britain in beach volleyball at London 2012.

The London Games will be the first time Team GB has been represented in the event since the 1996 Games in Atlanta when the sport joined the Olympic programme.

Let the Games begin: Shauna Mullin (left) and Zara Dampney (right)

Let the Games begin: Shauna Mullin (left) and Zara Dampney (right)

Countdown: The beach volleyball competition runs from July 28 to August 9

Countdown: The beach volleyball competition runs from July 28 to August 9 at Horseguard's Parade

Dampney and Mullin have competed together internationally since 2009 and are currently ranked 37th in the world and No 1 in Britain.

Team GB decided to take advantage of the home nation place available to enter a women's pair for beach volleyball, which will take place in what is set to become one of the iconic venues of London 2012, at Horse Guards Parade.

Mullin said: 'Competing at the Olympics has always been a dream of mine and at the end of July my dreams are coming true.

'Being selected to represent Team GB and be part of what is going to be the best Olympics ever is a huge honour.'

Her beach volleyball partner Dampney added: 'I am extremely excited to represent Team GB at the Olympics and I'm looking forward to the experiences and challenges that lie ahead, especially in front of our home crowd.'

The Olympic beach volleyball competition runs from 28th July to 9th August.

Lewis Hamilton still believes he can win world title

I'm still right in the hunt for the world title, insists winless Hamilton

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UPDATED:

14:54 GMT, 6 June 2012

Lewis Hamilton is convinced his time will come and maintains he still has faith in McLaren to provide him with a winning car.

With six different drivers taking the chequered flag in the first six grands prix of the Formula One season, it is unlikely anyone would have bet on Hamilton not being one of the sextet.

But that is the remarkable position Hamilton finds himself in as we head into round seven of the world championship in Montreal this weekend.

It is no secret the 27-year-old has been let down by his team in one way or another in virtually every race this year.

Looking on the bright side: Hamilton shares a joke with team principal Martin Whitmarsh in Monaco

Looking on the bright side: Hamilton shares a joke with team principal Martin Whitmarsh in Monaco

With Hamilton's contract up for renewal at the end of the campaign, it could yet play a part in his thinking.

For now, though, he remains focused on victory and a championship challenge in which he only trails Ferrari's Fernando Alonso by 13 points.

Hamilton said: 'This is turning into a unique season – one where every race provides new challenges and different outcomes.

'Even though everything hasn't gone right for us, I'm confident that myself and the team are doing everything we can to ensure we're in the best possible position to challenge for victory each and every weekend.

'I know the results we all want will soon come to us.

'I am doing everything I can to extract every tenth (of a second) from the car, and I know the guys at the track and men and women back at MTC (McLaren Technology Centre) are doing everything they can to give me a car that's worthy of winning.

'We are still very much in the hunt for this world championship and I'm looking forward to bringing that fight to Montreal, which is one of my favourite races of the season.'

Bridesmaid: Hamilton has made his way onto three podiums this season

Bridesmaid: Hamilton has made his way onto three podiums this season

That was far from the case last year when Hamilton endured a wretched event in which he initially collided with Red Bull's Mark Webber before smashing into team-mate Jenson Button.

Hamilton, however, is a two-time winner of the Canadian Grand Prix, adding: 'The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a fantastic track.

'It's super-fast in places, which means it requires finesse and precision, but you can also end up racing wheel to wheel with people at 200mph too, which is an incredible sensation.

'On paper I think our car will be well suited to the combination.

'We showed in Spain we're very good in high-speed corners, but we were also quick in the final sector, which is slower and more technical.

'Of course, it's still difficult to accurately predict the outcome, so I'll be focusing on another clean weekend where I can score more consistent world championship points.'

For Button, who won last year's race in dramatic circumstances as he was last at just beyond the halfway stage in an epic, rain-hit race that lasted a record four hours, his focus is initially on qualifying.

Starting from 10th and 12th in the last
two races, Button knows his hopes of scoring well on Sunday have been
undermined by his form on a Saturday.

Off the pace: McLaren have fallen behind Red Bull in the constructors' championship

Off the pace: McLaren have fallen behind Red Bull in the constructors' championship

With just two points from his last three races, Button heads to Canada in desperate need of a good result to close the 31-point gap that has opened up between himself and Alonso.

'Obviously, returning to Montreal will be an extremely proud and happy moment for me,' Button said.

'My win there last year was one of those rare occasions when everything just came right.

'It's still hard to believe that I was running in last place past half-distance and yet managed to come through and take victory on the final lap. The memories of that win will always be with me.

'This weekend it's going to be important to get a handle on the car in qualifying.

'At the last two races Q2 hasn't gone my way, so no matter what pace you have in the race, you're still compromised on Sunday afternoon – particularly as the pack is so tightly bunched at the moment.

'My aim for the weekend will be to have a stronger qualifying performance and to be able to build on that in the race.'

McLaren

Don't panic! Button backs McLaren to bounce back… but Lewis wants quick answer

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UPDATED:

10:49 GMT, 29 May 2012

McLaren's debrief back at their Woking headquarters on Monday amounted to yet another post-race post-mortem on a hugely disappointing grand prix weekend.

Monaco served to demonstrate that, while the likes of Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari are getting to grips with the technical challenges and strategy questions posed by 2012's regulations and tyres, McLaren are stuck at the head-scratching stage.

Warning: Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button don't want to be left behind

Warning: Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button don't want to be left behind

The fact that McLaren are in trouble is all the more strange given their strong start as Jenson Button opened the campaign with victory in Australia. Since then there has been an alarming, steady decline in their fortunes.

Button, to his credit, continues to offer confident predictions his team will get it right even as he struggles to achieve the all-important balance with his car which will enable him to return to the business end of races rather than languish in a midfield battle.

'There is no sense of panic,' insisted Button despite being classified 16th in Monaco after failing to complete all 78 laps. 'We have seen such inconsistency (in the results), that is why we should not panic and panicking wouldn't make a difference.

'The first three races were good and then suddenly in the last three – I don't know where it is. It is nothing we can't sort out. We will solve the issues. It's just a question of whether we do it in time. We need to get back on track and start fighting those guys out in front.'

Slow lane: McLaren have struggled after an impressive start

Slow lane: McLaren have struggled after an impressive start

The next race in Canada would seem to be the ideal place for Button to do just that given, last year, it was the scene of his greatest ever victory.

'I have great memories of Monaco but even greater memories of Canada in 2011,' said Button harking back to his remarkable recovery drive which saw him, following a collision with teammate Lewis Hamilton, come from 21st to first following a in a downpour affected grand prix.

But even Button was forced to concede that, even in a season which has produced six different winners from six races, it may be easier to decipher who will be best placed to win in Montreal.

'You would say that people who were good in Monaco will be good in Canada,' admitted Button. 'You need cars with good traction, low speed mechanical grip and guys have proved they have that – the Ferrari, Red Bull and the Mercedes.'

Button's prediction for Canada was echoed by Hamilton who, hampered by an overall lack of pace from his car and dubious pit stop strategy calls by his team, could only manage fifth in Monaco.

Hamilton, while supportive of his team, clearly feels the onus is on McLaren to give him a car capable of carrying to his first win of the campaign.

'I feel like I'm in the best place I've ever been,' he insisted. 'I'm driving as well as I've ever driven. I'm not making mistakes at all and it feels great. I can feel comfortable now leaving the track and knowing that I couldn't have done any more.

'It's just unfortunate the car wasn't quick enough. We've got to try and find some time, these guys are quicker than us in the race, we've to find some time so we can start challenging them.'