McLaren lacking one lap pace - Button

By on Friday, July 25, 2014
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Jenson Button says that McLaren must improve the balance of the MP4-29 prior to qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday.

Button was ninth fastest during the second practice session at the Hungaroring and while the Brit was content with long run pace, he thinks the team needs to work on its one lap speed.

"I had a relatively good run on the soft tyre using high fuel, so I’m feeling happier about that, but the balance over a single lap is something we need to concentrate on tonight," he said.

"It was quite difficult to be consistent; the car felt different from corner to corner, from lap to lap. I like a precise car, and we didn’t quite nail that today – but I think we know why that is and we’ll change it for tomorrow. I’m not too worried.

"Looking at the timesheets, it’s quite difficult to know where we stand – we’re not up there with the Mercedes or the Red Bulls, but the Williams cars seem a little less competitive compared to the last race."

Team-mate Kevin Magnussen finished fifth fastest but downplayed the prospects of repeating that position across the remainder of the weekend.

"The new components that we introduced in Germany still feel good – we’re still getting more from them – but there’s always further fine-tuning to do," he said.

"I may have ended FP2 fifth-fastest, but I think our job is going to be a little more difficult than it was last weekend. At Hockenheim, the car’s pace was good enough for the top five, but we’re probably a little bit further behind than that this weekend."

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