McLaren moving in the right direction – Button

McLaren moving in the right direction – Button

Jenson Button believes McLaren is moving in the right direction and is making progress after a difficult first half of the year.

The team is currently sixth in the constructors’ standings, just behind Force India, with Button registering a best finish of third (after Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification) at the first round in Australia.

The Brit finished the German Grand Prix last weekend in eighth place after losing places thanks to a poor strategy, but he feels progress is being made.

“We’ve made a few mistakes in the race in Hockenheim,” he said. “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.”

Looking ahead to this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, which is a race that he has won twice, he is confident that the MP4-29 should suit the Hungaroring.

“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 explained.

“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.”

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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