• Singapore Grand Prix - FP2

Button cautious despite McLaren pace

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Jenson Button is unhappy with the balance of his McLaren on both compounds of tyre © Press Association
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Jenson Button was slightly concerned about the balance of his car despite McLaren's pace during practice for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton was second quickest in FP1 - just 0.049s slower than Sebastian Vettel - with Button third, while it was Button's turn to be second in FP2. Although appearing to be competitive in terms of outright lap time, Button said McLaren had taken some wrong decisions during the sessions and the car still wasn't handling properly on both tyre compounds.

"We tried a couple of things that are different to what we normally run because of the nature of the circuit but some of them aren't correct I don't think so we're going to go back on them," Button said. "The car's OK and on the softer tyre I was happy because there's more grip but still the balance issues are there on both tyres even though as I said with the softer tyre it feels great, but the underlying issues are still there."

When asked if he felt McLaren could challenge for pole position, Button was unsure but admitted he remained hopeful that the team would make progress overnight.

"I don't know. The important thing is how the car feels; it's not the lap time at the moment and at the moment it's not feeling quite there but hopefully we'll do that tonight. I've just been with the engineers quite a while after practice and we've got a few ideas and we think we know how to solve it so that's positive."

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