Button downplays first practice time
9 May 2014 – McLaren racer Jenson Button has downplayed his pace during the opening free practice session on Friday in Spain and reckons the team needs to improve the balance of the MP4-29 before they can battle their rivals.
Button was second quickest to former team-mate Lewis Hamilton during the first session and ended the day in seventh place, behind current team-mate Kevin Magnussen.
"In this afternoon's warmer temperatures, it was harder for us to get the car working properly," he said. "When you're limited on downforce, the car seems to operate properly within a very narrow temperature range.
"This morning, I think we looked quicker than we actually were. We're now trying to work on the balance to improve our long-run pace a little more – and I think we can make the car a bit stronger for tomorrow."
The Brit was also hesitant to predict McLaren's placing within the pecking order.
"There are a few upgrades on the car for this weekend that seem to have helped the balance, so hopefully they'll help us compete in the tight midfield group in which we find ourselves," he said.
"A good result here would be for us to get everything out of our package – but it's still too early to say where that would put us."