Jenson Button says he hopes that McLaren can get the most of its latest update package after a frustrating first day at Silverstone.
Button had a less productive day than his team mate, and was eighth in the morning session and just 13th in the afternoon as the team chased a good set-up for the revised car.
“We’ve obviously driven it in the simulator and we’ve had it in the wind tunnel, but in reality we don’t have a lot of data,” said Button. “Today obviously we’ve got a lot of information to run through, and that’s why this evening is so important to us. We’re going to work as hard as we can to make it work, that’s what we’re here to do. We’ve got the best people in the pitlane I feel to do that.
“We’ve just got to keep working on the balance because I really want to run this update kit. The guys have worked so hard at the factory on getting it out to us at this race, it arrived very late last night. We want to make it work, and that’s got to be our aim.”
Button has a positive view of the changes to the track.
“It’s different. It takes away a bit from the flow of the circuit, but I think it adds something, which is a couple of slow speed corners. You need good mechanical grip, not just aero. It’s a possible overtaking opportunity as well, which would be nice.
“Abbey is very bumpy. We’ve struggled a little bit through there with our car, the car’s hitting the ground. We’ve had a few moments, so that’s an area where we need to improve.”