Button: Promising signs with new McLaren
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7 February 2012 – Jenson Button was positive after running the new McLaren in Jerez on Tuesday. Although the Woking team is expected to roll out a highly modified car by the time Formula 1 reaches the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, the 2009 Champion is pleased with the latest progress.
“It’s been a good day,” he began. “This morning, we ran through our installation and systems checks and the running was good. We’ve been gathering data on aerodynamics, downforce levels, temperatures and the feeling inside the cockpit.
“We did a 15-lap timed run this afternoon, which is a good starting point for us, and the consistency was okay. It’s been a positive day; there are no niggly areas with the car, which is nice. Overall, today was just a starting point and was all about putting miles on the car. There are some promising signs, so I’m happy.
“It’s now important for us to get a clean day of running tomorrow, put some miles on the car and find a direction that we like. Today’s a very good basis for the next few days.”
Button continues in the car on Wednesday before team-mate Lewis Hamilton enjoys his first taste of the MP4-27 across the following two days. Of all the 2012 chassis to be seen thus far, the Surrey-made machine features the least drastic ‘platypus’ style nose design.