Jenson Button was much happier with his car this afternoon in second practice for this Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix, and while he conceded there is still room to improve the set-up, he added they know what direction to take.
Button was only 13th this morning in FP1, but made the most of a small window of dry running at the start of the second session to bolt on a set of Pirelli's supersoft tyre and duly post the best time of the day.
Indeed he finished up as the only runner below the 1 minute 16 second bracket, his quickest a 1min 15.746 secs, almost four tenths up on his closest rival.
“The most important job today was to try and get a decent high-fuel long-run on the Supersoft tyre – which I don't think anyone managed,” reflected the McLaren driver. “We've got to see how the tyre works because its performance will play a considerable role in the race.
“Still, it was nice to briefly stick that tyre on and see how much grip it has – that gives you a bit of information to look over before Saturday, even though we'll still get to run that compound again before qualifying.
“I definitely feel like the car improved from P1 to P2. We tried something different for this afternoon's session and I was happier with how the car felt. There's still room for improvement, but we know what direction we want to take.”
Team-mate Lewis Hamilton meanwhile was fourth in FP1 and 11th in FP2, finishing the day sixth overall. His best lap was a 1min 16.747s.
“We didn't get to learn quite as much as we'd perhaps wanted to today,” Hamilton added. “The weather was clear in the morning, but it was quite difficult to dial-in the car because of the changing weather conditions we got this afternoon, compounded by the traffic as is usual here. It's an incredibly tough circuit, very technical, so every little scrap of information helps you understand where to go with the set-up.
“The less running you get, the tougher it becomes to understand the behaviour of the tyres. Today, neither of us got to do a long-run, so we'll be going into the race slightly unsure about how the tyres will behave.
"But everyone is in the same boat so I guess it'll be a bit of a surprise for all the teams. Nonetheless, it's still mega-fun out there; it feels incredible driving this track.”