Button cautious over Barcelona upgrades
4 May 2013 – McLaren driver Jenson Button is remaining cautious over the range of upgrades his team is set to apply to the MP4-28 chassis for the Spanish Grand Prix weekend, with the 2009 World Champion admitting that a high success rate will be hard to achieve.
After a largely challenging start to the season, Barcelona has been earmarked as a major stepping stone for the Woking-based squad and its championship aspirations, although Button is eager to play down expectations as the team arrives in Europe.
"There’s been a lot of talk about the importance of next weekend’s upgrades; but, as with every upgrade, they’re simply part of the series of continuous improvement that are made across the season," Button explained ahead of the race.
"As always, there’ll be elements of it that work, elements that perhaps work in a different way to what we’d anticipated, and elements that don’t work, or perhaps require further work. That’s life in modern Formula 1. So I’m pragmatic about what we’ll discover next weekend. Of course, I’m hopeful that it’ll move us a step closer towards the destination."
Button believes that Barcelona will provide a strong benchmark for McLaren's progress, with eight days of pre-season testing being held at the venue.
"It’s been difficult for the team to make consistent progress through the first four races, but I think returning to a circuit where we undertook two of the pre-season tests will give us a useful benchmark of our progress so far," Button said of the situation.
After the opening four races of the season, McLaren sits sixth in the Constructors' standings on 23 points, 86 behind current World Champions Red Bull.