The day of the Friday of the GP of Spain was key to McLaren, every time that the team introduced on the MP4-31 a number of innovations. In this way, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button had a program cross in Barcelona in which each tested piece of concrete. The data collected by both pilots will have to be crossed to see if these ‘improvements’ are ultimately such. For the moment, Fernando Alonso has complained of lack of grip and Jenson Button has had two sessions discrete. However, the pace shown by both in a long run it seems better to that in the previous Great Prizes.
Fernando Alonso has shown to be cautious after the dispute of the first two free practice sessions of the weekend. With 49 laps under his belt, the spaniard has scored a 1:25.342 that has enabled him to be placed seventh in FP2. However, the speech of Alonso has been fairly neutral: “The feeling with the car have been pretty good. We need to improve some things for tomorrow, especially in regard to the grip in the rear area. I am Not comfortable yet with the car, so we will try some things tomorrow. This night we will review my data and those of Jenson in search of a solution”.
In relation to the objective of entering in Q3, Alonso explained: “with Respect to the classification, I think that we are in the same situation as in Russia. The times in training suggest that we can qualify in the top ten, but then in the team time trial is always tighter and we fall behind. we Still don’t have that extra. Even so, the performance of the power unit is not as critical as in Russia, so we might have a chance.” To conclude, the Spanish rider claimed: “Was more noticeable the lack of grip in the mock race. We have to improve some things for tomorrow. we Still need to gather the improvements to the car“.
For his part, Jenson Button has not had a Friday easy,
with reliability issues in FP1 and FP2 in which neither has been able to
exit from the first time to the track. In spite of this, the british pilot has
managed to add 39 laps with a best lap of 1:25.893, which has
served to finish twelfth in the second free space: “I’ve had a day
pretty mediocre. The FP1 has been complicated and then we have not been able to go out to
track at the start of FP2. Finally I was able to ride and our rhythm in batches
long is not painted bad“.
“We’ve found our balance with the tires
soft at the end of the day and that has been encouraging because I had a serious problem
of sensations in the back, it was as if float” has confirmed
Jenson Button, repeating the words of Fernando. “We have developments
for each race, which is fantastic, but we have to spend a lot of time
the Friday to see if they work or not. Today has been a busy day, but
tomorrow we will be able to focus on our performance and in the rankings. Not
it will be the race more easy to get points“.