McLaren comparatively fine on the Friday practice timesheets but their speedy Jenson Button says they are finding it a little bit tougher over race distance.
Magnussen continued to make progress and claimed P5 by the end of running but Button failed to find the looked for improvement on the super-soft and finished seventh.
Jenson Button was happy with his single-lap pace, but he worries McLaren are lacking over a race distance.
“Looking at the timesheets, you’d say we look quite good, but we’re finding it a little bit tougher over the long-runs. I think we’re overheating the tyres under traction. It’s so difficult to manage the tyres in these temperatures, and it’s especially hard to get the supersoft tyre working correctly without overheating it.” Button said after Friday practice.
“We were able to test lots of interesting things today – and, for me, there’s more to come tomorrow. Hopefully, I’ll also have the new rear wing fitted to my car. Sometimes, it’s difficult to know what the advantage it gives, especially when you only get a few laps on Saturday morning to try it, but it’ll be interesting to give it a go.”
“The car didn’t feel any different without our FRIC system – it wouldn’t really make a massive difference around here anyway. As ever, we’ll just make the best out of what we’ve got – and I think we can push a bit harder tomorrow.” (Images © McLaren)