Button: Car no different without FRIC
18 July 2014 – Jenson Button is confident that McLaren will cope well after the removal of front-and-rear-interconnected suspension, explaining that his car feels exactly the same without it.
The former World Champion ended the opening day of practice for the German Grand Prix in seventh position, two places behind rookie team-mate Kevin Magnussen.
"The car didn't feel any different without our FRIC system – it wouldn't really make a massive difference around here," said Button.
Magnussen, who successfully trialled a new rear wing that is expected to be used on both McLarens for the rest of the weekend, was also optimistic.
"Without FRIC, our car still feels really good – which is a positive," Magnussen commented.
"I don't know about any of the other drivers, but I think we're pretty happy with the car at the moment."
The pair admitted, however, that managing Pirelli's Super Soft and Soft tyres is proving to be a major challenge amid the sweltering Hockenheim heat.
"Looking at the timesheets, you'd say we look quite good, but we're finding it a little bit tougher over the long-runs," said Button.
"I think we're overheating the tyres under traction. It's so difficult to manage the tyres in these temperatures, and it's especially hard to get the Super Soft tyre working correctly without overheating it."
Magnussen added: "The temperatures are very high, so the biggest challenge is to make the tyres work.
"It's going to be tricky to understand, especially if the weather changes for Sunday, when it could be a bit cooler. But it's the same for everyone."