Jenson Button has had his work cut out on the opening day of practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix, and has admitted that he still hasn’t managed to find a set-up to his liking for the Sepang circuit.

Following his win last weekend in Australia, Button registered as the third and fourth-fastest driver in the respective Friday practice sessions, but admitted that the going had been tough.

Despite having traditionally performed well at Sepang, Button is well-known for needing a neutral-handling car and equally well-known at being pretty ordinary in devising a set-up to find this balance!

Button was all smiles on Friday

“It’s been a long afternoon," said Button. "I haven’t really got to grips with the car round here, I really struggled with the balance and I haven’t found something I like.

"[The MP4-25 has a] very twitchy rear end and I just can’t deal with it at the moment so we’ve been working with that. Eventually, towards the end of practice, I started feeling better but there’s still a long way to go before I’m happy, so it will be a long night tonight."

In fairness to Jenson, he certainly wasn’t the only driver to complain of oversteer when using the soft-compound tyres.

[Original image via Sutton Images]

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Richard Bailey

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