Monday, 2 February 2015

Button completes six laps in the MP4-30 on another challenging day for McLaren in Jerez


McLaren Honda’s Jenson Button got his first opportunity to drive the new MP4-30 on Monday when he took to the Jerez circuit after team mate Fernando Alonso drove on the opening day of winter testing.

Button managed to complete just six laps of the Jerez circuit and set the seventh place with a fastest time of 1m 54.655s as the team discovered a minor ancillary issue which took the engineers the afternoon to rectify, however the team are hopeful that the situation won’t show up again on Tuesday when Fernando Alonso gets back in the car.

Speaking about his first day in the car, Jenson Button stated:

We expected this test to be tricky - and the next two days probably won’t be plain sailing, either. But people have short memories. Look at last winter - the first test of 2014 was very tough for everyone too.
“So there are no real worries at the moment. We’re just hopeful we’ve solved our issue – the last run of the day seems to have sorted the problem out, so I hope tomorrow will be a little easier. It’d be nice to get some laps on the engine, and to begin to find out where we are in terms of engine driveability and car development.
“This is a very complicated power unit, but its packaging is unbelievable - very tight - and we haven’t had any temperature issues. That’s a massive positive for us, so well done to Honda for that. 
“There’s a very positive atmosphere about the place: the team isn’t McLaren and Honda, it’s McLaren-Honda. It’s everyone together.’

Honda R&D senior managing officer – chief officer of motorsport, Yasuhisa Arai commented on the second day of testing saying:
Today was another tricky day, but we feel like we’ve overcome the main issue that affected our running during the first two days of the test.
“Despite our lack of mileage, it’s been an important learning process for our engineers, who’ve really started to develop a close working relationship with everybody at McLaren - that’s a big positive.
“For tomorrow, we’re hopeful that we’ve moved on, and that we can get some more laps completed.’
Fernando Alonso will be back behind the wheel of the MP4-30 on Tuesday before Button completes the test programme in Jerez on Wednesday.
© Ben Johnston 2015

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