After getting comfortably into the top 1o in Malaysia Jenson Button says that McLaren has made progress with the MP4-28.
Button, who was as high as sixth in Q1, finished the damp Q3 session in eighth.
“Forgetting the wet conditions, I think we’ve improved from Australia,” he insisted. “I said yesterday that we’re competitive in these conditions, but today that wasn’t the case! I couldn’t find the balance in the wet.
“But anyway if you look through qualifying, in Q1 and Q2 on dry tyres, we were more competitive. Still nowhere near the top, but we were more competitive, and we should be very happy with what we’ve achieved so far this weekend. It’s only five days after a pretty tough race for us, so we’re making progress. And that’s very positive.”
Button has been saying he wanted a wet race, but he admits he’s changed his mind.
“After this, no I’m not. I couldn’t find a balance out there, and I struggled with lack of grip in high speed at the rear, lots of rear movement. Most of the time our car has been very good in the wet, but today it isn’t. I’d take that any day of the week for a better car in the dry.
“We’ve improved the car in the dry, which is good. It’s getting there. We’ve got a bit of work to do, and we lucked in with the rain in Q2 at the end, but tomorrow we’re looking forward to the race. I wasn’t really looking forward to the race in Melbourne.”