Button troubled by high-speed sections
4 July 2014 – Jenson Button says his McLaren is lacking grip through the high-speed corners after the opening day of practice for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
The Briton posted the seventh fastest time during the afternoon session, but was more than 1.7 seconds adrift of Lewis Hamilton's pace-setting Mercedes.
"Our car felt OK today, but we're still trying to find the right balance in the high-speed sections," said Button. "We're struggling with understeer, trying to get more front-end from the car.
"It's tough out there because it's so windy: this year's cars have less downforce than before, which makes the wings very important. When they're affected massively by the wind, it makes it difficult to get any productive back-to-back results during testing.
Button added that he is also having trouble getting the Hard compound tyre up to temperature.
"It's proving tricky for us to get the Prime tyre up to temperature, too; as soon as we back off for a yellow flag or for traffic, we can't get it working again. It's very difficult. But the Option tyre looks good and is able to last for a reasonably long time."
Kevin Magnussen, who placed directly behind his team-mate in eighth, shared the same view regarding the harder tyre, but says the situation is no worse than it was in Austria, where he finished seventh behind the two Mercedes and Williams drivers, the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso and Sergio Pérez's Force India.
"After today, it's still difficult to judge the pace of Williams, but we'll probably be fighting the Force Indias," he said.
"We could be up for some points this weekend, so getting the maximum of the car will be very important."