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Day 3 Barcelona Test

Button: It’s been very tricky to understand McLaren MP4-28

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2009 world champion Jenson Button says that it’s been very tricky to understand McLaren 2013 machine MP4-28 during pre-season test.

The same the Brit added that McLaren MP4-28 feels good and comfortable to drive. Today he finished with seventh fastest, in the morning session he was suffered a slow start.

“It’s been very tricky to understand where the car is,” Button told reporters in the paddock.

“At times the car feels good, but at other times it doesn’t. A lot of that is understanding the car and understanding the way it’s working to make sure it’s working the way we expect it to be. Some of the time that hasn’t been the case.

“At Jerez we showed pace, but we also showed that we don’t have pace at other times. We don’t know where we are and there’s no point trying to compare us to others. We’ve got to sort out our own issues and get the best out of our car.” The Brit added.

“For us, it’s always important to change the car over the winter so we can see a new development direction throughout the year,” he said.

“It’s a long season at 19 races. It’s about being strong over the whole season and not just the first couple of races. I’m still hoping that we’re competitive in Melbourne, but there’s a possibility that the teams that kept the same car as last year and just developed it could also be strong.”

(McLaren Press Release)The first three hours of the day were spent focusing on mechanical set-up work and the evaluation of tyres.

The team then elected to carry out some larger mechanical changes over the lunchbreak, meaning Jenson didn’t return to the track until 3pm. Thereafter, he focused on longer runs with a number of simulated pitstops.

What’s next

The team plans to conduct more aero work tomorrow if the weather stays fine. However, with rain forecast for the whole day, our plans may change and we could well end up running Pirelli’s 2013 wet-weather compounds for the first time.

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