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McLaren closer to Lotus - Button

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Jenson Button was 1.1s off Lewis Hamilton's best time in FP2 © Getty Images
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Jenson Button says McLaren appears closer to Lotus than it has been previously after Friday practice for the Korean Grand Prix.

FP2 saw Button set the ninth-fastest time, just 0.017s slower than Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus and 0.2s clear of the Force Indias. Having improved from 12th place in the first session, Button said a place in the top ten was justified for McLaren and he believes Lotus will be within reach during qualifying.

"The pace; I think we're a little bit closer than the Lotuses than maybe in the last couple of races," Button said. "P1 is always very slippery here - I don't think the circuit is used all year round - so P2 was a bit more representative. I didn't have a great lap, it's very difficult to understand the super soft tyre round here and get the best out of it, and we didn't get the best out of it.

"But the lap times over one lap seem pretty good - better than maybe the last couple of races - I think we can possibly challenge the Lotuses."

However, Button said McLaren's race pace was still not competitive enough and he feels there is room for improvement on Saturday.

"The long run needs a little bit of work but we know what to do. We had a few issues that are easily solved so that's not a problem … I'm a little bit happier with the car compared to the last two races. It's a very strange circuit this, the flow of it is a little bit unusual but we're making the best of it and we tried quite a few things today; we understand what works and what not to put on the car again this weekend."