• European Grand Prix - FP1

Button fighting to overcome tyre struggle

ESPNF1 Staff
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Jenson Button struggled for balance on the medium compound tyres © Sutton Images

Jenson Button is confident he will overcome the balance problems he faced during Friday practice for the European Grand Prix.

The McLaren driver struggled for rear-end grip during the second practice session, complaining of "big oversteer at high speed" over the team radio. His problems appeared to be solved by the switch to the soft tyres and he is confident he can find a solution on the medium tyres before Sunday's race.

"In the afternoon, I did a bit more running and tried both tyre compounds," he said. "The prime proved quite difficult to switch on, and consequently we couldn't find good balance with it.

"I think we've got a good balance on the option though - and, because the track will grip-up quite a lot with every session we run, we're now heading in the right direction balance-wise with the prime too."

Button finished the session sixth fastest and over half a second off Fernando Alonso's fastest time, but played down the significance of the times.

"I wasn't paying too much attention to the times today, as it was more important to work with our engineers to get the car working on both sets of tyres. But, as I say, I think we've found a positive direction now."