Button anxious for more test mileage at McLaren

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button, McLaren, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013Jenson Button says McLaren need more testing mileage to understand their MP4-28.

Button told media in Barcelona: “At the moment I wouldn’t have a clue where we are. It’s not really something about either.”

“For us, we haven’t done enough testing. We’re doing a lot of work on understanding the aerodynamics on the car and the systems of the car but I haven’t done any testing yet! ThenNext test is very important for all of us to find the direction with the car.

Button has covered 161 laps in testing so far but faces a largely wasted day tomorrow as rain is forecast at the Circuit de Catalunya:

“I really wish tomorrow was dry because I need to do more testing with the car to have a good understanding with it,” he said.

“There’s so much more that we need to do in terms of set-up work that we haven’t been able to do yet. The next Barcelona test hopefully will be dry and we can get a good feeling with it and run through our set-up work that we would normally do, we haven’t been able to do that yet.”

“It’s been a very difficult few test days for me in terms of mileage,” he added. “It’s been very tricky to understand where the car is.

“At times the car feels good, other times it doesn’t. And a lot of that is basically understanding the car that we have, understanding the way that it’s working, making sure it’s working as we expected to be working. Some of the time that hasn’t been the case and that’s why it’s been a tricky winter so far.

“But as you can see there are times when the car’s working pretty well. Today on hards I did a 22.8 which I don’t think is a bad lap with the fuel the we had on board and obviously Checo [Perez] did a 21.8 on the softs which is also a pretty good lap.

“At Jerez we showed pace, we’ve showed that we don’t have pace at other times. So we don’t know where we are and there’s no point trying to compare ourselves to other people, we’ve got to sort out our own issues and get the best out of the car that we have.”

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