F1 2013: Jenson Button – “not as big a step forward as we’d expected”

Formula One News » F1 2013: Jenson Button – “not as big a step forward as we’d expected”

Jenson button admits the upgrades and changes to the McLaren at this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix are “not as big a step forward as we’d expected… but the car does feel a little bit better.”

“We can’t yet conclusively tell if the upgrades we brought to this race have improved the car, 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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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