McLaren Honda’s Jenson Button believes the car feels good but the team need to work on the reliability of the Honda power unit.
Button who start today’s Bahrain Grand Prix from 20th on the grid was forced to stop out on track in Q1 with what he suspected was an electrical issue.
It was the third time in two days that the 2009 world champion had stopped out on track after coming to a halt in both FP1 and FP2 on Friday.
Despite his issues, Button feels that the team are moving in the right direction. Button was happy for his team mate Fernando Alonso who made into Q2. It was the first time since the start of their new partnership with Honda that the team had managed to get a car into Q2. Alonso will start today’s race from 14th place on the grid and Button feels that this result
‘is a good step for the team.’
Button was disappointed however that he couldn’t join Alonso in Q2. Speaking about his result Alonso said:
‘This weekend has been a nice surprise so far – and the car felt better again today.’
The Spaniard went on to say that he feels everything, performance-wise is a step in the right direction.
The Woking based outfit will hoping for a strong finish in today’s race as they will have a new power unit and plenty of upgrades for the MP4-30 for the Spanish Grand Prix and a strong result in Bahrain would give them a platform to build on as Formula One goes into the European leg of the season.
© Ben Johnston 2015