Jenson Button says the resurfaced Hungaroring Grand Prix circuit made him “feel like an amateur” on several occasions on Friday due to its “unusual” grip levels.
McLaren duo picked fourth row behind Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari following free practice in Hungary as Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso target Q3 and another point finish.
Asked how the modified track surface was feeling, Button said: “Yeah, good. The circuit is fun to drive. There’s quite a bit of grip but the difference between grip and no grip is massive, so if you get a slide the tyre suddenly falls off a cliff and lose every bit of grip you have and feel like an amateur trying to gather the car back up because suddenly it doesn’t work if you put too much load into it. So it’s very unusual.
“I’m pretty happy with the way the car feels, on both long runs and low-fuel runs. Having said that, tyre degradation is definitely going to be important here on Sunday: it seems the Soft tyre has very good degradation, but the Supersoft is struggling just a bit.
“It’s pretty tight in the midfield – we ended up seventh and eighth both this morning and this afternoon, and everyone behind us was very close – so the closest fight is definitely behind us, not in front of us.
“Our goal is to qualify as well as we can, then score some good world championship points. I think we should be able to do that – that’s our aim certainly.”