Jenson Button believes that McLaren is in a reasonable shape ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Button was seventh quickest in second practice under the lights at the Yas Marina Circuit.
“It was a pretty good day in terms of understanding the car. Our direction with the set-up looks reasonably good, too.”
“I also think both tyres are working reasonably well around here. I got my fastest lap on my first attempt on the Option tyre, which most people didn’t, so I’m quite happy about that.”
“I think we’re in reasonable shape here.”
Team-mate Sergio Perez was sixth quickest and echoes Button’s optimism.
“This was a productive day for the whole team – I felt really comfortable with the car in both sessions, and really enjoyed my time on the track today,” he said. “I feel happy with my car, and I don’t expect to change too much. Normally, we change quite a lot on the car between Friday and Saturday in order to refine the balance and set-up, but I don’t think we’ll be doing too much of that tonight.”
“The Option tyre is performing quite a lot better than it was in India. While I think we feel more comfortable with the softer tyre, it’ll still be difficult to make a one-stop strategy work on Sunday.”
“Tomorrow, I’d like to see us get into Q3.”