Jenson Button got to grips with his tyres during his first official day’s running as a McLaren driver ahead of Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend.
The reigning world champ said: “Looking after the rear tyres is very difficult here, especially the softer one, so you are finding yourself driving with a load of oversteer throughout most of the stint on the soft tyre.
“It’s pretty tricky. We did an okay job today and we should be happy with the performance of the car, we know there is areas we need to work on.
“The basic car is working well, but we are not quite there with the balance yet I don’t think. There were a few things that we wanted to really try but you don’t get enough time when you are doing long runs.”
Quizzed about having less tyres for qualifying tomorrow, he told reporters: “There is going to be a lot of rubber down tomorrow which is a good thing.
“Obviously we do have less tyres, which will mix it up a little bit when you run new tyres. But we have just got to hope that we are very quick in Q1 and we don’t have to run new tyres.
“I’m sure that’s not going to be the case because you have got three teams that are not as quick as the rest, but then the rest are very tightly packed.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team