Button: The car is running well and our upgrades seem to be working

Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-27. Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice, Barcelona, Spain, Friday 11 May 2012.

Jenson Button ended the first day in Spain fastest of all

May 11 (GP247) During the second free practice of the Spanish grand Prix weekend in Barcelona, Jenson Button was overheard complaining about bad understeer on his McLaren MP4-27 upon which he returned to the pits, had some tweaks made and went out to set the fastest time of the day.

Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren. Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice, Barcelona, Spain, Friday 11 May 2012.

Jenson keeps an eye on proceedings

Button, who won the season opener in Australia, said at the end of the day, “It was a positive afternoon. I did a good lap on the Option tyre, the car is running well, and our upgrades seem to be working. But there are still some improvements to be made.”

Tyres and the management of them will be crucial Circuit de Catalunya which features an abrasive track surface, something the teams are all too aware of…

“The option [tyre] seems to be a bit easier for everyone as it’s softer and therefore more receptive to generating temperature. In P2, we also started to find a way to get the Prime to work, but then, later in the session, we couldn’t quite get back to that sweet-spot,” said Button. “If we can solve these issues with the prime [tyre] and get it into its correct working range, I think we can be quite competitive this weekend.”

“There are a lot of quick cars out there, but, aerodynamically, I think we’ve got a strong car. We’ve just got to make sure that the four things touching the road are working properly for us too,” said the winner of the 2009 Spanish Grand Prix.

  • McHare

    It’s all about tyres. Of that there’s no doubt. Come on Pirelli!! This ain’t making me want to buy your tyres for my road car now is it. Keep Jens happy and make tyres that work boys.

  • Speedo

    Both drivers complained about understeer. They should not have missed out on the Mugello tests.

  • McHare

    Couldn’t agree more Speedo. McLaren spend a little bit too much time relaxing in their own assumption that they have the fastest cars. Full on pressure from now McLaren