Jenson Button: We're in good shape after Friday free practice at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Jenson Button says he feels in far better shape at Abu Dhabi today than he did this time last week ahead of the Indian Grand Prix.
Button's Vodafone McLaren Mercedes was second fastest in Friday's first practice session at the Yas Marina circuit, behind team mate Lewis Hamilton.
In FP2, Button was third and Hamilton second.
“Overall, our car has been working pretty well today – we’re certainly in better shape here than we were in India last weekend," said Button, from Frome.
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"Everything seems to be working well, and the car is fun to drive. There are some small areas where we need to improve, but we know what we need to do.
“It’s going to be crucial to get the Options working well for qualifying tomorrow.
"I wanted to do plenty of laps during my long run today, since I missed out on quite a lot of long-run running on Friday in Delhi – and that set me back for the rest of the Indian Grand Prix weekend.
"I’m pleased to report that our car feels reasonably good over a long run here, so now we’re going to be focusing on understanding just how hard we can push the tyre during a long run.
“If our race pace can be as quick as the Red Bulls’, then that’s probably even more important for Sunday’s race than qualifying in front of them on Saturday will be.”