Button: The car isn't quite there yet

Button: The car isn't quite there yet

28 February 2014 – Jenson Button exuded positivity regarding the potential of the McLaren MP4-29 but admits that the car 'isn't quite there yet'.

Button set the fifth fastest time on the second day of the third test in Bahrain but spent a significant portion of the day stuck in the garage after his MP4-29 developed a gearbox problem.

Button nonetheless returned to the circuit and racked up 52 laps.

"We had a problem within the gearbox – it took a while to change, as anything within the power-unit does these days – but we got back out at the end, and everything ran smoothly, which was good," he said.

"It was a shame to lose that time – it’s the first major issue we’ve had this winter; but it’s better to suffer it here, rather than at a race weekend."

Button believes the basic performance of the MP4-29 is good but reckons the team still has to extract its potential.

"We were still able to do a long-run on high-fuel this afternoon. The basic car is good, and there's a great deal of potential there, but there’s still a lot of work to do," he said. "We have a good understanding of the power-unit, and we know how to race it, but, in terms of balance and grip, the car isn’t quite there yet.

"But I know we've got some good improvements in the pipeline – and they should help us close the gap to the front of the grid."

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