Button looking for better balance on low fuel
Jenson Button says he is looking for a better balance on low fuel following today’s two Hungarian Grand Prix practice sessions at the Hungaroring.
The Brit, who finished ninth in both practice sessions, felt much happier with the feel of the MP4-29 on high fuel but believes there is still plenty of work to do on the qualifying set-up.
““It was a little bit frustrating at times,” he said when asked about his day at the office. “I didn’t really get a lap together but in the end it was a useful couple of sessions, the long runs and a lot of useful data there.
“Hopefully that will help us improve a little bit tomorrow. The long run was quite a lot better; it normally is as you have quite a lot of fuel on board.
“I had a relatively good run on the soft tyre on high fuel, but the one lap balance is what we need to work on a lot tonight. A more consistent balance is definitely what I need from the car but I think we know how to get that.”
His team-mate Kevin Magnussen finished sixth in practice one and fifth in the second session. The Danish rookie says the car feels good after a trouble-free day in Hungary.
“It feels okay; on the long runs the car feels good. We will struggle to get where we want to be, if we can sneak into the top five, great, but it is going to be difficult.”
When asked if he had any issues, he replied: “No, no real problems, small issues that we always have, so no big issues today.”
McLaren recently introduced several upgrades. “Yeah, they still feel good,” he said on the new parts. “We are still getting more and more out of it, not a massive amount but there is always some fine-tuning to do. It is working well, so we need to keep it up.”
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