McLaren needs more than just Honda power boost – Button

Jenson Button on track.

Jenson Button says the promise of more power from Honda is no guarantee McLaren’s performance will improve in Bahrain.

Button came home 14th in China after a late collision with Lotus’ Pastor Maldonado, after spending most of the race battling outside the points at the tail end of the field.

While Button was pleased to complete the race – ensuring McLaren’s first two-car finish of 2015 – he admits the Honda power unit is not the only factor currently holding back the team.

“It is good, but we still need to improve in many different areas,” he told reporters in Bahrain. “I think we are still very low on downforce.

“The efficiency of the car and the driveability is very good but I still think we are lacking in quite a bit of downforce, but we know that and we have worked on characteristics of more than just throwing downforce at it.

“When you have that base it is very good because then you can start adding quite a bit of downforce, which we are hoping to do over the next few races.

“It is all going in the right direction but obviously if we had more power we would be more competitive, but we still wouldn’t be competitive enough to be fighting at the front. So, there are areas we need to improve – well, every area of this car needs to be improved.”

This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of McLaren

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