Jenson Button says the importance of saving fuel in 2014 has taken away some of the fun of driving.
With only 100kg of fuel for races this year, drivers will have to adjust their technique to conserve petrol during the races.
“The long runs weren’t as much fun as I’d hoped they’d be, because you need to save a lot of fuel,” said Button after today’s practice.
“And that’s such a different way of driving – you’re lifting off very early, and there’s lots of lift-and-coasting around the lap.”
“On low fuel, however, it’s really fun to drive,” he added. Button also said the new cars “work better around here than I’d imagined”.
McLaren completed more laps today than any team bar Toro Rosso, which Button was also satisfied with. “I’m happy that we’ve got a lot of good data to go through,” he said.
“So now I’ve got to sit down and work hard with my engineers and the rest of the team to develop the car ahead of qualifying tomorrow. We think we know where to take the car from here, but as I say there’s still plenty of work for us to do.”
2014 Australian Grand Prix
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