McLaren duo hoping for wet weekend
23 August 2013 – McLaren drivers Sergio Pérez and Jenson Button have spoken of their desire to see further damp conditions throughout the Belgian Grand Prix weekend, with both reporting good balance during Friday's rain-affected first practice session.
The pairing led the early on-track action in the morning as the field opted for Pirelli's Intermediate and Full Wet tyres, but dropped back when the switch to slick rubber arrived. Pérez, who finished an impressive fourth in the opening session, expressed his pleasure at the pace shown by the MP4/28 chassis in adverse conditions.
"Today we had a very good first session, but a more difficult second session," he commented. "That was a bit of a surprise for us, because this morning the car felt very strong and very fast, and I was very happy with its balance. But this afternoon, as I say, it was a little less consistent. However, we’ve got a lot of information to analyse now, so as to understand what’s going on with the car, in an effort to try to improve it and hopefully do a good job for tomorrow and Sunday.
"Hopefully, the weather will help us, because I personally would prefer there to be wet or variable conditions, which we know is always possible here at Spa!"
In the sister McLaren, Button backed up his team-mate's analysis. Despite finishing back in 14th position at the end of FP1, the 2009 World Champion alluded that his car may have been at its optimum when the circuit was in an intermediate state.
"For me, FP1 was very good, and I was very happy with the car," said Button, who trailed Pérez by 0.659 seconds. "The balance was good and I think our pace was good. I didn’t push very hard in the wet sectors, but in the dry as I say it felt very good.
"But this afternoon it felt different. It’s obviously a result of the warmer temperatures, and perhaps the wind also, so we’ve got a lot of work to do to understand why that is. Hopefully, we’ll work it all out and things will be better for us by tomorrow."