Brazil

Last Race: 09th Nov Brazil

Brazil GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Nico Rosberg
2 Lewis Hamilton
3 Felipe Massa

Button: Better but not by much

Friday 12th April 2013

 RSS

Share:

Button: Better but not by much

Button: Better but not by much

Although it appears McLaren have taken a step forward in China, Jenson Button fears it is not as big as the team had expected.

McLaren arrived in Shanghai with various updates for their MP4-28 including a revised rear that is not as aggressive as its predecessor.

Button finished Friday's running sixth on the timesheets with a 1:36.432, which put him 1.092s off the pace.

"We can't yet conclusively tell if the upgrades we brought to this race have improved the car," said the 2009 World Champion.

"They're perhaps not as big a step forward as we'd expected - the issues with the car are still there - but the car does feel a little bit better.

"We've worked very hard over the last few weeks to bring the new parts here - which is great.

"Today's been all about putting mileage on those parts; now we need to sit down and look at the data this evening - there's a lot to look through."

The Brit weighed in on Pirelli's tyre choice for the weekend, revealing that the pace with the soft tyres drops off after just one lap.

"I feel we'll be using the Prime tyre quite a lot in the race. The Option tyre transforms the car completely; over one lap, there's a lot more grip, but then you start to lose time over each successive lap."

The tyres also caused the McLaren driver a minor problem when his front left delaminated 15 minutes before the end of FP2.

"My puncture happened after I'd already decided to pit. I got to the braking zone at Turn 14, locked up the front left and the tyre just punctured - there was a hole through it.

"It's a good job that corner is just before the pits. I don't think we'll be fighting at the front this weekend, but we'll definitely be fighting someone."

Related Links
Massa Wins The Soft Tyre Battle In FP2
Friday's Pics From Shanghai

Final Qualifying Day For 2014

Editor's Picks

NTF1News: Disney Movie

NTF1News: Disney Movie

Among news items this week, tales of the Honey Badger, plus Disney's new movie about the engine row - Un-Frozen...

Winners & Losers: Brazilian GP

Winners & Losers: Brazilian GP

Nico Rosberg kept his lock-ups to a minimum as Turn 4 came back to haunt Lewis Hamilton at Interlagos...

Winners And Losers: US GP

Winners And Losers: US GP

It was a gripping race in the Lone Star state with a clinical victory for Lewis Hamilton to make it five wins in a row...

Button 'Not Fearful' Of Alonso

Button 'Not Fearful' Of Alonso

Jenson Button says he would have no problem partnering Fernando Alonso at McLaren as "nothing scares" him...

Alonso's Ferrari Highs & Lows

Alonso's Ferrari Highs & Lows

Fernando Alonso is on his way out at Ferrari, but there have been plenty of highlights and low points...