Button hopes McLaren closer to Lotus
4 October 2013 – McLaren driver Jenson Button believes there are signs that the Woking-based team has closed the gap to Lotus after the first day of practice for the Korean Grand Prix.
The Briton, whose squad is fighting for fifth in the Constructors' standings, wound up ninth on the combined timesheets. And although Romain Grosjean lapped half a second faster, the E21 of Kimi Räikkönen held an advantage of just 17 thousandths.
"I think our afternoon session was a little more representative of our overall pace," Button told the gathered media in Korea. "We got some reasonable mileage under our belts and, even though I didn't get the best from the Super Soft tyre on my fastest lap, I think we've begun to understand the characteristics of each tyre pretty well.
"In terms of performance, I think we might be a little bit closer to the Lotuses than we've been for the last couple of races – but let's see what tomorrow brings."
Team-mate Sergio Pérez finished 12th overall, 0.645 seconds slower than Button.