Jenson Button says he’s “not getting carried away” with the performance of his revised McLaren after going fastest on Friday in Melbourne.
Button said: “Today showed that, first of all, we?óÔé¼Ôäóve got reliability ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ which is great. That?óÔé¼Ôäós something we?óÔé¼Ôäóve not had all winter, so to have a car that runs for as many laps as we want it to is very satisfying. It also means we can get stuck into our set-up work and improve the car.
?óÔé¼?ôI don?óÔé¼Ôäót think there?óÔé¼Ôäós much to be gained from looking at today?óÔé¼Ôäós times though, so I?óÔé¼Ôäóm not going to get too carried away.
“Still, it?óÔé¼Ôäós been a positive day because we?óÔé¼Ôäóve been able to do so much running and get a good feeling for the car on different fuel loads.
“The new exhaust has definitely brought performance to the car ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ it feels much better, makes the handling more complete.
“When you have downforce at the rear, you can also add it at the front, and then you put temperature in the tyres ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ there?óÔé¼Ôäós so much that comes with downforce.
“I?óÔé¼Ôäóm so happy with how hard the guys have worked and what they?óÔé¼Ôäóve brought to this race ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ they?óÔé¼Ôäóve worked really hard and they?óÔé¼Ôäóve delivered something good here.
“We don?óÔé¼Ôäót yet know how good, but we?óÔé¼Ôäóre encouraged by the step we?óÔé¼Ôäóve made today.”
Lewis Hamilton described the revised MP4-26 as “a big step forward”:
“Hopefully we can pick up some points this weekend ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ I feel positive. The grip level today felt like a big step forward.
“We don?óÔé¼Ôäót know what fuel loads the others are running, but our car feels like a big improvement from where we were just a few weeks ago.
“And that?óÔé¼Ôäós simply a result of hard work: all the men and women back at the factory and at the track this weekend have done a fantastic job.
“It?óÔé¼Ôäós difficult to gauge how different our car is, but there?óÔé¼Ôäós more downforce, which is something we?óÔé¼Ôäóre always asking for.
“This is a major positive. Our initial feeling is that the car is good, but we?óÔé¼Ôäóll need to see tomorrow ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ still, I think we?óÔé¼Ôäóre in the hunt for some points.”
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