Jenson Button says he is more comfortable in the MP4-25 and has started to make progress on improving the setup of the new McLaren.
Talking to reporters after his second day in the car at Jerez he said the problems with his driving position he experienced at Valencia had been solved:
The cockpit needs to be something you’re comfortable with so we’ve done a lot of work with that. I’m quite a tall driver but I’m fitting in the car well. I’m happy with where I am so now we can concentrate on the setup.
Today’s been very useful for setup, we’ve got a lot of useful information for the future. We have a good base with this car but we still have to work on improving it and that’s what we’re going to do over the next few weeks.
He said rear tyre wear will be one of the most important areas to develop for the 2010 season:
With a 160-odd [kilo] fuel load people are going to be running at the start of the race it’s important to look after those rear tyres because as soon as you have an issue with the rear with that much fuel on, you can damage them very quickly. I see a lot of people doing long runs on high fuel and I know the reason for it, it’s to see what happens to the rear tyres.
We have done some runs on high fuel to see what’s happening with the tyres and it’s very useful information. Hopefully we’ll get some dry running in the next two days with Lewis and he can feel the effects and they can also improve the car over the next couple of days.
He’s also been keeping an eye on the opposition including returning champion Michael Schumacher:
Three years away is a long time but I’m sure he hasn’t forgotten how to drive a racing car. He’s proven that he’s been quick in testing and from what I’ve heard his fitness levels are still good. He’ll be a big competitor this year – you can never forget what he’s achieved in the past.
Button hands over McLaren testing duties to Lewis Hamilton for the next two days.