Button struggling in high-speed corners
14 March 2014 – Jenson Button has admitted that he needs to improve the balance of the McLaren MP4-29 before qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.
Button, a three-time winner of the race, was fifth fastest during second practice on Friday but believes that McLaren's outright pace is not as strong as his time suggests.
"Our car balance isn't quite there yet - we're still struggling a little in the high-speed corners," said the 2009 World Champion.
"In the low-speed corners, we're looking reasonable, and all our electronics are working well. I don't think our outright pace is quite as good as it looks on the time sheets, but we've got a good understanding of the car and overall I'd say we're looking okay."
Button also reckons that completing long runs is not as fun for a driver due to the different driving style required.
"In all honesty, these cars work better around here than I'd imagined, but Sunday's race will be very different," he explained. "The long runs weren't as much fun as I'd hoped they'd be, because you need to save a lot of fuel. And that's such a different way of driving - you're lifting off very early, and there's lots of lift-and-coasting around the lap. On low fuel, however, it's really fun to drive."