Little progress for McLaren duo on Friday
28 June 2013 – McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Pérez have admitted that the team is still far from fighting with the front runners after the opening day of practice at Silverstone, with the pair feeling no major improvement over the situation experienced in Montreal.
Having failed to record a point for the first time in 64 races at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, McLaren signed off a selection of car upgrades ahead of this weekend's race during a straight line test at Idiada, but neither driver has been overwhelmed.
"The car doesn’t feel too bad out there, and the balance is reasonable – it’s better than it was in Canada – but we’re still some way off the pace," Button, who ended the day 11th fastest, explained to reporters in the Silverstone paddock.
"Still, the engineers have lots of data to analyse, so they’ll be able to find out whether the new parts have made the improvements that they’d predicted."
Pérez, 14th quickest on Friday, added: "The second session was quite productive; we managed to do a lot of work and run through all our preparations. Nevertheless, I think we’re in a similar position to the last race, and still quite far from the front.
"I think we’ve made a step forward with ride-quality. However, not everything we tried worked properly, so I still think we can aim to turn this weekend around."
After the opening seven races of the season, McLaren sits sixth in the standings.