Jenson Button has been looking ahead to the Spanish Grand Prix and admits the McLaren team is still on a learning curve with the new Pirelli tyres.
The race takes place next Sunday at the familiar Circuit de Catalunya, a venue well-known to the drivers from testing their cars and tyres there.
Button, who qualified in 5th place last season and finished in the same position, said: “After a relatively low-key race for the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team in Turkey, I think we’re headed to Spain and Monaco feeling more positive about getting the most from our planned upgrades.
“Turkey showed us that we are still on a learning curve with these Pirelli tyres, and while in Turkey it was a hard lesson to lose position due to strategy, I think it’s given us a lot of valuable lessons in how to work as a team, how to devise our strategy and how to get the most from the tyres out on the track.
“I think Barcelona will be interesting. Personally, it will feel strange to go back to a track where we had a difficult winter and to drive a car that will hopefully allow us to once again race at the front.
“As always, the Circuit de Catalunya is a very unforgiving track – it’s a track that brings out the best in cars. It’s important to get another strong result under our belts, particularly as we head straight to Monte-Carlo, so maintaining momentum will be vital.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team