Button troubled by high-speed sections

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."

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Friday 17 April 2015

  2. 20:33

    Latest F1 photos: Friday at Sakhir

    F1
  3. Räikkönen reprimanded for pit infraction 20:31

    Räikkönen reprimanded for pit infraction

    Kimi Räikkönen has been reprimanded by the stewards after they deemed he drove in a potentially dangerous manner in the pit…

    F1
  4. Mercedes fearful of 'really strong' Ferrari 19:29

    Mercedes fearful of 'really strong' Ferrari

    Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are wary of Ferrari's long run potential after the first day of practice in…

    F1
  5. Video: Vettel, Pérez collide during practice 19:10

    Video: Vettel, Pérez collide during practice

    Watch as Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Force India's Sergio Pérez collide during FP2 in Bahrain.

    F1
  6. No further action over Vettel/Pérez incident 19:07

    No further action over Vettel/Pérez incident

    Sebastian Vettel and Sergio Pérez have been cleared of any wrongdoing by the stewards after their clash during Bahrain Grand…

    F1
  7. 19:01

    Latest MotoGP photos: Friday at Río Hondo

    MotoGP
  8. Espargaró stays on top in second session 18:59

    Espargaró stays on top in second session

    Aleix Espargaró continued to set the pace for Suzuki as he posted the fastest time during the second practice session at the…

    MotoGP
  9. 18:41

    Latest GP2 photos: Friday at Sakhir

    GP2
  10. Vandoorne storms to pole in Bahrain 18:38

    Vandoorne storms to pole in Bahrain

    Stoffel Vandoorne claimed his fifth successive GP2 pole position and bagged the first four points of the 2015 campaign by…

    GP2
  11. Moran Jr. to replace Huertas for Long Beach 18:34

    Moran Jr. to replace Huertas for Long Beach

    Dale Coyne Racing has confirmed that Rocky Moran Jr. will make his Verizon IndyCar Series debut this Sunday, replacing Carlos…

    Indy
  12. 17:35

    Bahrain Grand Prix: Full Practice 2 results

    F1
  13. Rosberg fastest for Mercedes in FP2 17:34

    Rosberg fastest for Mercedes in FP2

    Nico Rosberg led Lewis Hamilton as Mercedes returned to the top of the timesheets during second practice for the Bahrain Grand…

    F1
  14. 15:51

    Follow second practice for the Bahrain GP!

    F1
  15. Video: Bahrain Grand Prix challenges 15:32

    Video: Bahrain Grand Prix challenges

    Simone Resta, Ferrari's Chief Designer, talks about the challenges of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

    F1
  16. Espargaró puts Suzuki on top in Argentina 14:52

    Espargaró puts Suzuki on top in Argentina

    Suzuki ended on top of the time sheets for the first time in 2015 as Aleix Espargaró set the quickest lap during the opening…

    MotoGP
  17. 13:41

    Bahrain Grand Prix: Full Practice 1 results

    F1
  18. Räikkönen heads Ferrari 1-2 in first practice 13:38

    Räikkönen heads Ferrari 1-2 in first practice

    Kimi Räikkönen edged out Sebastian Vettel in a Ferrari 1-2 during Friday afternoon's opening free practice session for the…

    F1
  19. 11:46

    Follow first practice for the Bahrain GP!

    F1
  20. Video of the Day: Hamilton's Sakhir preview 09:14

    Video of the Day: Hamilton's Sakhir preview

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton previews this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit.

    F1
  21. Thursday 16 April 2015

  22. Mann joins Dale Coyne for Indianapolis 500 16:46

    Mann joins Dale Coyne for Indianapolis 500

    Pippa Mann will return to Dale Coyne Racing to compete in this year's Indianapolis 500, in support of Susan G. Komen, the…

    Indy
  23. 16:02

    Latest F1 photos: Thursday at Sakhir

    F1
  24. Alonso reckons Q2 possible in Bahrain 15:48

    Alonso reckons Q2 possible in Bahrain

    Fernando Alonso reckons McLaren-Honda has a realistic chance of making it through to Q2 for the first time this season at the…

    F1
  25. Hamilton hints at 'different approach' with tyres 14:35

    Hamilton hints at 'different approach' with tyres

    Lewis Hamilton has suggested that Mercedes could adopt a "different approach" with tyres at the Bahrain Grand Prix, following…

    F1
  26. Ricciardo vows to learn from China start 14:00

    Ricciardo vows to learn from China start

    Daniel Ricciardo says he has taken time to learn from a dismal getaway that dropped him 10 places down the order at the start of…

    F1
  27. Update: Power unit elements used so far 12:03

    Update: Power unit elements used so far

    Formula 1 has tested engine manufacturers new and old over the opening three rounds of the 2015 season. GPUpdate.net provides an…

    F1
  28. Hilmer: No drivers with required budgets 11:39

    Hilmer: No drivers with required budgets

    Hilmer Motorsport has revealed that it has been forced to sit out the opening round of the GP2 campaign in Bahrain due to a lack…

    GP2
  29. 10:41

    Book F1 tickets and join the action live!

    F1
  30. Renault applies temporary engine fixes 10:38

    Renault applies temporary engine fixes

    Formula 1 engine supplier Renault admits that it has only been able to apply temporary fixes to some of its power unit issues…

    F1
  31. IndyCar penalises Hunter-Reay, Dracone 09:05

    IndyCar penalises Hunter-Reay, Dracone

    IndyCar officials have handed down sanctions against Ryan Hunter-Reay and Francesco Dracone for separate incidents during last…

    Indy
  32. Sakhir memories: Hamilton hits Alonso 05:12

    Sakhir memories: Hamilton hits Alonso

    Watch as Lewis Hamilton misjudges a move on Fernando Alonso in 2008 and hits the back of his rival.

    F1
  33. Wednesday 15 April 2015

  34. Ricciardo wins Laureus Breakthrough award 14:56

    Ricciardo wins Laureus Breakthrough award

    Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo has won the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year award. The Laureus awards are held…

    F1
  35. Rosberg aware he needs to improve 14:55

    Rosberg aware he needs to improve

    Nico Rosberg has acknowledged that he needs to improve his performance if he is to get back on terms with Mercedes team-mate…

    F1
  36. Sauber: Fourth position merely an 'illusion' 13:19

    Sauber: Fourth position merely an 'illusion'

    Peter Sauber, owner of his eponymous outfit, says that the squad cannot expect to maintain its fourth position in the…

    F1
  37. Canamasas to race for MP Motorsport 11:20

    Canamasas to race for MP Motorsport

    Sergio Canamasas will race for MP Motorsport at this weekend's opening round of the GP2 Series in Bahrain, filling the final…

    GP2
  38. Hilmer Motorsport to miss Bahrain round 11:10

    Hilmer Motorsport to miss Bahrain round

    Hilmer Motorsport will not take part in this weekend's opening round to the 2015 GP2 Season in Bahrain. GP2 Series organisers…

    GP2
  39. Servià gets RLL seat for Indianapolis 500 10:27

    Servià gets RLL seat for Indianapolis 500

    Oriol Servià will return to IndyCar next month after Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing confirmed that they will prepare an entry…

    Indy
  40. 10:15

    Gallery: Best photos from the Chinese GP

    F1
  41. Mark Sutton: Story Behind the Shot - China 10:12

    Mark Sutton: Story Behind the Shot - China

    Especially for lovers of motorsport photography, GPUpdate.net's race-by-race series, Story Behind the Shot, continues throughout…

    F1
  42. Preview: Five key questions for Bahrain 08:43

    Preview: Five key questions for Bahrain

    Formula 1 heads to the Middle East, and the Bahrain International Circuit, for the fourth round of the 2015 season. GPUpdate.net…

    F1
  43. Factfile: The 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix 07:24

    Factfile: The 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix

    The last of the four opening flyaway races takes place this weekend, as the Formula 1 field heads to Sakhir for the Bahrain…

    F1
more news