Button hoping for a good step up in Barcelona

Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:11pm EDT
 
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By Alan Baldwin

MANAMA (Reuters) - McLaren are hoping for a boost in Barcelona next month even if Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix is another struggle, Jenson Button said on Thursday.

"I think already in Barcelona you’ll see a good step," declared the Briton, looking forward to team mate and double world champion Fernando Alonso's home Spanish race.

"We’ve got a lot happening before Monaco with the car so hopefully there’ll be a good step not just with the power but also with the aerodynamic grip. We’ll see. I’ve got a good feeling about it," he told reporters.

Bahrain, the fourth round of the season, looks rather less promising for the former champions who have yet to score a point this year.

"I don’t think we’ll see a big step forward in terms of outright power here, it’s a very difficult race for everyone because of the long straights and the heat," said Button.

"The positive for us here is that we are pretty good at looking after rear tires and you need that around here. Whether that’s enough to move forward I’m not quite sure."

The wind, which whipped up sandstorms earlier in the week, could also be a big factor at the Sakhir circuit south of Manama.

McLaren's new partnership with Honda has had a difficult start, with the Woking team qualifying towards the back of the field rather than their usual place among the frontrunners as they work through the problems.   Continued...

 
Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg (front) of Germany drives in front of McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain during the Chinese F1 Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit, April 12, 2015. REUTERS/Aly Song