Jenson Button says he still finds it 'scary' when other cars come past him on the straights due to the sheer difference in top speed between his McLaren-Honda and his rivals.
After a weekend beset by technical issues for the McLaren team, Button and Fernando Alonso both made it to the chequered flag, albeit down in 14th and 15th.
Despite this, Button says being 12 seconds behind tenth place and a point was 'closer than expected', even if he is still unnerved by the vast difference in speed between his Honda-powered car and those coming by – including the race leading Mercedes' - on the straights.
“It wasn't too bad actually. We still finished 14th, but we were 12 seconds behind P10 which is probably closer than we expected. A long way off the front - we just stayed one lap down - I mean when they come past it's scary how fast they are everywhere, especially the straights.
Indeed, Button says the McLaren package remains relatively competitive in the corners, but that it makes no difference when it haemorrhages the time in a straight line.
“In the mid-pack, through the corners we're actually pretty competitive and can have a bit of fun out there which is great, but there's no way for us to pass anyone. They're so far back in the mirrors and suddenly they're next to you at Turn 1 so it's really difficult to judge.
“I think there are some positives to take from first of all getting two cars to the end but more importantly in terms of the feel of the car. So there are some positives, I'll be back at the factory on Tuesday and hopefully we can find another way forward.”