If you are a McLaren fan you may want to get out your list of pragmatic moves the team have made in the past to see if you’re going to be excited about the new upgrades for Spain. That’s because driver Jenson Button says he’s approaching the new kit in a pragmatic fashion. We all know pragmatism can often be the mother of all cock ups.
As for the upgrades coming at the Spanish Grand Prix? Buttons told the BBC’s Andrew Benson:
“There’ll be elements that work, elements that perhaps work in a different way than anticipated and elements that don’t work. That’s life.”
Well…I guess it is life. Things get a little more positive and less pragmatic when he discusses the fact that the Spanish Grand Prix takes place at the same track that the teams did two of the three pre-season tests. They have the data from the initial tests and should be able to prove their upgrades with very relevant measurements.
“It’s been difficult for the team to make consistent progress in the first four races,” he said, “but I think returning to a circuit where we undertook two of the pre-season tests will give us a useful benchmark for our progress so far.
“There’s been a lot of talk about the importance of next weekend’s upgrades but, as with every upgrade, they’re simply part of the series of continuous improvements that are made across the season.”
That should make Friday’s free practice session very important for the team so look for sector times and lap times along with projected fuel loads to help you discern if the team has made noticeable progress. I am certain they will and that’s not pragmatism, that just prudence… this is McLaren we’re talking about.