• Italian Grand Prix - FP2

Button glad of dry running

ESPN Staff
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Jenson Button was pleased because McLaren could "gather a lot of useful information" © Press Association
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Jenson Button was glad to get some dry running during Friday's two practice sessions for the Italian Grand Prix.

Although he won in Belgium after a Friday washout, Button was pleased the weather stayed dry and settled at Monza as he finished both sessions second quickest. With the teams introducing special low-downforce packages for the race, Button said the ability to do some consistent laps in the dry had been important.

"Monza is so different from anywhere else we drive," Button said. "The straightline speeds are incredibly high - in fact there are four points around the track where we hit 200mph [322km/h]. It's been satisfying to get some dry running under our belts today, because we were able to gather a lot of useful information."

Button admitted he was satisfied with McLaren's pace but feels it is faced with a very competitive field this weekend.

"We tried a few different directions with set-up this afternoon - and some were better than others - but we'll decide what works best before FP3 tomorrow and we'll make the necessary tweaks to get the balance right. I'm pretty comfortable with the car; you always want more, but we've done a reasonably good job today.

"Looking at the data, there are quite a few teams out there that look quick too: it's very close and that's going to make it an interesting race."