Jenson Button says that, Mercedes and Williams can be challenge in this weekend at Melbourne. Even as he added that McLaren still need more pace, despite sharing the same Mercedes engine unit. 2009 world champion thinks the race will be more about consistency and strategy.
“The car has a better feeling than last year and we have the best engine – the Mercedes is the best power unit out there,” he said.
“I feel that we do need more pace, but that was the car we tested and we have upgrades for the first race. We did have them for the test, but we didn’t get to run them.
“Hopefully it’s going to be a good chunk forward, but when you look at the times of the Williams and Mercedes they would be very difficult to beat if reliability wasn’t a worry and strategy also. But I still think they can be challenged this weekend.”
“You’ve got to put the mileage in and you’ve got to finish those first three races. If you can do that you’re going to take home some reasonable points even if you don’t have the quickest car.”
“But as a team and a driver you’ve got to do the best you can and you want to win races, but I’m not sure if we will be able to do that this race. You never know when the conditions are up and down. It’s not all about outright speed, there will be other things that get thrown in this weekend that will make it a little more complicated.”
“It’s always nice to get in the car and race. It doesn’t matter where you are, you just want to get in it. After all the pre-season hype and bullshit you go through it’s just nice to put your visor down and get out and do the bit that you love.”