Jenson Button has admitted that he may have exaggerated McLaren’s problems at the Spanish Grand Prix two weeks ago when he said that the car was “scary to drive”.
Button endured a difficult race in Barcelona, finishing 16th as the team’s tough start to life with Honda power units continued into the European season.
Speaking after the race, the Briton made no secret of his frustration, even going as far to say that the team would not score any points in 2015 if its fortunes did not change.
However, Button admitted in Wednesday’s FIA press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend that he had overplayed the team’s issues, and that many of his concerns were allayed in the two-day test that followed the race in Barcelona.
“Yeah, as you might have noticed, I was very outspoken,” Button said. “When emotions are running high you always exaggerate things. It was a tough race for me in Barcelona.
“It was good to have the test three days later, also in Barcelona, to really put everything right. The car felt much nice to drive, much more consistent, especially on the long-run pace. We also had some new parts to test for this season, but also specifically for here.
“So, really end of the test, happy and you could see how far we have come since February, as a whole team but especially Honda and the Japanese side of the team.
“There was so much more confidence within and really happy to complete the amount of laps we did but also to do a lot of very useful work. It was a really good day and hopefully we can carry that through to this weekend.”
Button won the Monaco Grand Prix back in 2009, and spoke about the importance of qualifying on the Saturday ahead of the race, saying that he felt his pole position was wholly conducive to his race win.
“I think Monaco, as we all know, it’s very difficult to overtake,” Button said. So Saturday is probably more important than Sunday.
“Probably the most important pole position I’ve ever had, yeah, and that really made my weekend.”