Button hails 'very productive' first day
19 April 2013 – Jenson Button was in a positive frame of mind after the opening day of the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, hailing two "very productive" practice sessions. The Briton, who wound up 11th on the afternoon timing screens, believes his McLaren team has found a strong direction with the set-up of its initially troublesome MP4-28 chassis.
"Today’s sessions were very productive for us," Button explained after stepping out of the car. "We completed some useful investigative work this morning before focusing on longer runs this afternoon. It’s very difficult to know exactly what to do with set-up.
"The tyres are behaving a bit strangely here – driving conservatively doesn’t seem to help their wear-life, so there’s only so much you can do without damaging your outright pace. But we’ve tried a few things, and we’ll get there. I’ve already got a good feeling that we’ve found a set-up and a direction for tomorrow that will be more competitive. There’s a lot we can take away from today that will help us for tomorrow."
Sergio Pérez was a little less optimistic about McLaren's chances after Friday's pair of 90 minute sessions, but the Mexican is hopeful of fighting for points on race day.
"We managed to complete our full run-plan, which was a positive, but it’s going to be a difficult weekend for us," Pérez commented. "Although we’ll probably be fighting to get into Q3, there’s still plenty of potential for having a good race on Sunday.
"The team has shown before that, with solid preparation, we can run a clever strategy on Sunday, and I think we have enough raw material from today to help us race strongly this weekend. So, scoring points is a realistic ambition for us here."