Button unsighted by new car

2009 Champion likes struggling to see out of new car!

Last Updated: 08/02/12 8:14am

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McLaren failed to shine in the timesheets on day one of pre-season testing at Jerez but Jenson Button was content with their progress nonetheless.

Button ended the day eighth fastest of 12 runners, having given the team's new MP4-27 - the only car so far launched not to feature a step in its nose - its official debut.

"I could just about see over the front of the car! I think it's the lowest thing I think I've ever been in," the 2009 World Champion said afterwards. However, he wasn't complaining. "I'm in a good position. I'm really low, which I always like, trying to get as low as possible, the way the car is. I love that position. I feel well inside the car. I feel I'm part of it.

"We did quite a bit of mileage today," Jenson continued. "It would have been nice to do more but it's the first day of testing so we were making sure everything was working correctly, and it was good to get a couple of reasonably long runs in."

Different style

Of the car's nose, which stems from a different design philosophy from those adopted by chief rivals Ferrari and Red Bull, Button said: "It's just a different style of front end. We've done it for many years - the front wings of the McLaren and also underneath, the front of the tub and underneath the nose have always been very different.

"It still is. It's just more obvious this year than in previous years. Whether it's right or wrong - nobody knows yet. We'll find out soon enough."

Unlike the day's pacesetter Kimi Raikkonen, Button appeared on track only sparingly during the morning before making regular appearances during the afternoon.

"I think I did 58 laps. You always want to do more but for a first day I'm happy with the way things have gone," he added.

"This morning it took a little while doing all the system checks and what have you with the car. But then you get underway and do some laps; it was nice to do a 15-lap run near the end with no issues at all.

"There's obviously work we need to do to improve it, but it feels right, which is good. There are no niggly areas with the car, which is nice. Quite different to last year."

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