Solid base to build upon, says Button
29 January 2014 – Jenson Button says McLaren has a "solid base to build upon" with its new MP4-29 chassis.
Having been unable to complete any mileage on the opening day of this week's Jerez test due to persistent electrical issues, the Briton enjoyed a much smoother Wednesday, racking up a grand total of 43 laps.
He also set the pace with a time of 1:24.165, over six tenths faster than nearest competitor Kimi Räikkönen.
"For our first day of actual running, we were able to get a good understanding of the car, and the way the engine and turbo behaves," Button told reporters at Jerez. "It's tricky, and very different to what we're used to, but I could feel that these cars will be enjoyable to drive.
"Of course, it's still early days, and there's a lot of work ahead. We need to work on both braking and traction; but that excites me, because there's a lot of potential to adjust those parameters. The new braking system is very complicated, and getting it right will be tough.
"But these are all things we can work on: there's nothing about the car that unsettles me, and there's plenty of scope to explore the set-up. It will just take some time.
"Our main aim this winter was to field a reliable car that would give us a good baseline. These cars will develop so much over the next few months, so it's essential to have a solid base to build upon; I think we have that."
Formula 1 rookie Kevin Magnussen will complete the final two days of the test for the Woking-based team.