Jul 24, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT
Jenson Button is confident that McLaren is making some good progress after a difficult start to the season, but still believes that the likes of Mercedes and Williams remain out of the team’s reach.
The Briton finished the German Grand Prix in eighth place last time out, but lost a lot of positions thanks to a dud strategy. The result aside, he feels that the pace of the MP4-29 car is certainly improving.
“We’ve made a few mistakes in the race in Hockenheim,” he conceded. “I think we were still quite a way off of the Mercedes, the Williams and the Red Bull, realistically. But after that, we’re okay. We’ve made some improvements, the car is feeling a bit better which is nice. We’re definitely going in the right direction, it just takes so long.
“I think we’re happy with the direction that we’ve taken. It’s just a few things at the circuit we know we need to improve on and we have been improving, but the race wasn’t what we’d hoped for in terms of strategy, but we can put it right this race.”
Button is a two-time winner of the Hungarian Grand Prix, claiming his first ever F1 victory at the Hungaroring back in 2006. He feels that the McLaren will be better suited to this circuit, and also thinks that the loss of FRIC could play into his hands.
“The car should work reasonably well here as well with the balance and the package that we had at Hockenheim, it should benefit us more here,” he said. “We don’t have the super-soft tires here either which is a tire that we find quite difficult to work with. We’ll see what happens, it’s quirky little circuit, it’s quite bumpy.
“It will be interesting to see how different the cars are without the FRIC system around here, because a bumpy circuit is a big issue when you don’t have a FRIC system. A lot of the FRIC system is to help with the ride quality.”
Button is yet to confirm his plans for 2015, be it with or without McLaren, and said that no discussions have been held despite us reaching the halfway point of the season.
“No,” he said when asked by NBC Sports if any talks had been held. “To be fair, I haven’t thought about it either and that’s 100% the truth. I haven’t asked any questions and I don’t feel there’s any need to.”
Mar 28, 2015, 9:01 PM EDT(Edit)
It was a double dose of Force in Saturday’s final rounds of qualifying for the sixth-annual NHRA 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C.
Mar 28, 2015, 7:46 PM EDT(Edit)
Roundup of the rest of Saturday’s action from St. Petersburg.
Mar 28, 2015, 7:20 PM EDT(Edit)
NBC Sports Group’s “Off the Grid” digital series hits Mexico City, set to premiere on March 31.
Mar 28, 2015, 7:11 PM EDT(Edit)
Simona de Silvestro happy to be somewhat disappointed with 11th in IndyCar qualifying at St. Petersburg.
Mar 28, 2015, 6:45 PM EDT(Edit)
Takuma Sato puts together a successful qualifying effort for A.J. Foyt Enterprises, ending in fifth and best Honda.
Mar 28, 2015, 6:30 PM EDT(Edit)
After top-four qualifying sweep, the Team Penske teammates are praising each other rather than trading shots.
Mar 28, 2015, 5:24 PM EDT(Edit)
Power on pole as Team Penske goes 1-2-3-4 in St. Petersburg qualifying.
Mar 28, 2015, 3:25 PM EDT(Edit)
Indy Lights’ new era kicks off at St. Petersburg with a new driver and team on top in the series’ new car.
Mar 28, 2015, 1:27 PM EDT(Edit)
More Will Power on top of IndyCar practice at St. Petersburg.
Mar 28, 2015, 1:01 PM EDT(Edit)
Franck Montagny receives two-year ban from FIA’s Anti-Doping Disciplinary Committee.
Mar 28, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT(Edit)
Swedish driver reaches both Q2 and Q3 for the first time in his F1 career, and will start tomorrow’s race from ninth place on the grid.
Mar 28, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT(Edit)
Ricciardo and Kvyat both get inside the top five thanks to the rain in Q3 in Malaysia, but Massa and Bottas struggle.
Mar 28, 2015, 10:28 AM EDT(Edit)
Incident involving Jann Mardenborough’s Nissan GT-R claims the life of one spectator at the Nordschleife.
Mar 28, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT(Edit)
Dutch youngster scores the best F1 qualifying result for a teenager in 54 years on Saturday in Malaysia.
Mar 28, 2015, 9:15 AM EDT(Edit)
Spanish driver will make his second debut for McLaren from 18th position on the grid tomorrow.
Mar 28, 2015, 8:30 AM EDT(Edit)
British driver explains the challenge of judging your qualifying lap in the wet after securing pole position in Malaysia on Saturday.
Mar 28, 2015, 7:49 AM EDT(Edit)
Merhi and Stevens miss the 107% time required to qualify in Malaysia, but are granted dispensation by the FIA stewards.
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