Button: Im not exactly optomistic

March 8, 2011

The 2009 F1 Word Champion Jenson Button, has admitted he is'nt very  'optomistic' over this years MP4-26 car. Button was 0.366 seconds behind Mark Webber's top time of 1:22.544 seconds for Red Bull at testing today. The '09 World Champion told BBC: "I'd be surprised if we can match Red Bull and Ferrari when we get to Melbourne. It's a big ask. To be on their pace is going to be tricky." After a lack of spare parts during their first outing in Jerez - where they launched the MP4-26 - and more reliability problems at the last Barcelona test, another protracted spell in the garage was not what McLaren or Button needed. However, Button's running was limited in the morning because of exhaust problems and the 31-year-old had to wait until after lunch to close down Webber's leading time on a single-lap run.

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