Lack of grip an issue for the title leaderJenson Button
admitted after Friday practice for the Turkish Grand Prix that his Mercedes-powered Brawn BGP 001 fundamentally lacked grip today as he ended the afternoon session a distant 12th in the standings.
a tough first day of practice trying to find a good balance with the car,” the British racer said. “We tried many different set-up options over the course of the two sessions but unfortunately could not get the car to where I want it to be and struggled with a lack of grip. However we now have a great deal of information to review after trying a few evaluations and believe that we have some understanding of what is causing the problems.”
Team-mate Rubens Barrichello
was a little happier with his Brawn Mercedes as he posted the eighth fastest time, but like Button, grip was still an issue. The Brazilian veteran remains confident that the team will overcome the problems ahead of the critical qualifying runs tomorrow.
“There is a lot of work for us to achieve, particularly in the first sector where we seem to be suffering the most, but we believe that we understand the issues,” Barrichello said. “We know that we can work with this car to improve its performance quickly and that puts us in a strong position to make the changes needed ahead of qualifying."
Team Principal Ross Brawn confirmed that ‘both sides of the garage’ had issues today but like Barrichello, is confident that gains can be made overnight.