Button: Only Mercedes happy with their car
4 April 2014 – Jenson Button believes that McLaren has work to do prior to qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix, but joked that only championship leaders Mercedes can be happy with their car.
Button was sixth fastest during the second practice session, albeit over a second slower than the fastest time managed by Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton.
"The conditions in the evening were very different from the conditions in the afternoon," Button said of the two practice sessions. "There was no significant difference in terms of sighting braking points and apices under lights; no, the key difference was the lower air and track temperature. As you’d expect, on cooler asphalt, in FP2, it was much more difficult to get temperature into the tyres, but on the other hand you didn’t have as much degradation, so there was a trade-off there."
"It was the same for everyone, of course, but there’s still a gap between us and the fastest cars – in fact I don’t think anyone is really happy with their car except Mercedes – so we’ve got a lot of work to do. But we’re pushing as hard as we can to do that work and close that gap."
Team-mate Kevin Magnussen was ninth fastest and reckons that there is a competitive battle behind the leading Mercedes duo.
"We’re quite a bit off the pace of the quickest cars, of course, but I reckon we’ve got a slightly better chance to make up for that here owing to the cooler air and track temperatures," he said. "Also, apart from the quickest cars, the field seems to be pretty well bunched."