McLaren-Honda’s Jenson Button stated that there is a lot of hard work to be done but that the team knew that coming into the season after a difficult opening day in Melbourne for the Woking based outfit which saw both Button and team mate Kevin Magnussen suffer mechanical issues in Free Practice One with Magnussen suffering a crash in the second practice session.
Button completed 27 laps in the afternoon session setting the 13th fastest time of the day albeit 3.6s slower than Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes.
The Woking based outfit endured a horrendous winter however there is light at the end of the tunnel as Ron Dennis believes that it will take until at least the Chinese Grand Prix for the new McLaren Honda partnership to find its feet.
Button has also stated that the MP4-30 is a great car to drive it just needs to be more reliable. The 2009 world champion is hopeful that the team won’t be lining up on the last row of the grid for Sunday’s race at the Albert Park Circuit. Button revealed that McLaren and Honda are working as one to solve the issues as they go and he hopes that the team can be competitive rather than later.
Honda came into this season having missed out on a year of development of the 1.6 litre V6 turbo charged power units so for the time being at least are playing catch up to Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault.
Button is expecting qualifying to be tricky tomorrow and as for targets he said that the team will be concentrating on collecting data that can be used to develop the car.
© Ben Johnston 2015