Button: Small improvements will make big difference
12 May 2014 – Jenson Button believes that small improvements have the potential to make a big difference as McLaren bids to arrest their declining fortunes after a third successive race without points.
Button finished the Spanish Grand Prix in 11th position, while team-mate Kevin Magnussen followed him home in 12th in the sister MP4-29.
"The start and the first lap cost me a lot of time, and my second pit-stop compromised my strategy," he said of his race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
"During the first two stints, it felt like we were making progress, because we were faster than the cars in front. But we gambled on taking the second stop early, thinking we could jump one of the Force Indias, but Daniil's [Kvyat] Toro Rosso followed me in, and caused my release to be delayed by a few seconds while he came past me in the pit-lane.
"Then I came out of the pits just in front of Lewis [Hamilton], who was lapping me. He was running old tyres, while I was on fresh rubber; I had to let him past, but it delayed me a bit more.
Button is hopeful that McLaren can make progress at the two-day test at the circuit, which begins on Tuesday.
"I'll be staying on here for next week's test, so hopefully we can learn a bit more again and make further progress," he said. "The test should be useful – not necessarily for Monaco, but for two or three races down the road.
"The midfield is extremely close, so even small improvements will make a difference."