McLaren duo Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button say that their MP4-29 racers worked well around the Sochi Olympic Park street circuit during Friday’s practice sessions in Russia but remain cautious that track evolution could change matters.

Both drivers enjoyed their spells at the top of the timesheets mixing it with both Silver Arrows during the afternoon session, with Magnussen ending the day in second place with Button in sixth.

But both McLaren drivers said that they must not become over-confident as they push for a strong result to move the team ahead of fellow Mercedes customer engine rivals Force India in the battle for fifth place in the Constructors Championship.

“It was a pretty decent day for us today, and the car feels good,” said Magnussen.

“However, this is a brand-new track, so it’s hard to be sure of where we really are because we were mostly working on set-up rather than outright pace. But it’s too early to say anything definitive, because we don’t know if today’s result is the true picture, so we’ll need to wait and see what happens.”

Teammate and 2009 World Champion Button said the main issue for McLaren is finding the right balance for Saturday’s qualifying session.

“We were quick on the mediums, and the soft compound on high fuel seemed pretty good too,” claim the Briton.

“On low fuel I couldn’t quite get a balance, but hopefully we can improve that,” he added. 

“It’s a circuit that seems to suit us reasonably well at the moment, but it will inevitably evolve and we’ll have to be very careful of that.”

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Michael Terminello

Journalist at MotorsportM8