McLaren Honda’s Jenson Button believes that the team will struggle this weekend due to the extremely high temperatures expected at the Sepang circuit.
The outfit began their partnership in Australia two weeks ago under difficult circumstances with Fernando Alonso missing the opening race due to the concussion he suffered during a testing accident at the Barcelona Circuit de Catalunya.
McLaren Test and Reserve driver Kevin Magnussen drove in place of Fernando Alonso but the Dane failed to finish the race. Jenson Button however completed McLaren’s first full race distance and ended the race in eleventh place albeit two laps down.
Button believes that the race in Malaysia will be tricky for the Woking based outfit as they continue to learn about the new MP4-30 and the Honda power unit.
The 2009 world champion believes that it will be interesting to see how the car behaves in the weather conditions as it something that they have not experienced with the new chassis.
Fernando Alonso is set to return for the Woking based outfit this weekend but must first pass a final medical check with the FIA on Thursday.
Racing Director Eric Boullier believes that the team will face an even bigger challenge in Malaysia compared to the one they faced in Australian due to completely different characteristics of the two circuits.
The Frenchman believes the extreme heat and humidity in Malaysia will be a huge challenge for the team in relation to finding the right balance for the car.
© Ben Johnston 2015