3rd place? Is McLaren catching up?

You may not be a McLaren fan but even if you’re not, you have to admit, they’re having a tough time of it lately. That’s why today’s FP2 session with Jenson Button in third just behind the two Mercedes is a bit of a boost for the team.

Admittedly, this was a team that led time sheets so let’s not get carried away here but still, it’s a good sign that things could be moving in the right direction for the engineering wonks in Woking. Button said:

“It’s nice to have a car that feels good underneath me and we can really work with and see good gains,” he said.

“I think when you look at how far we were off the Mercedes, that’s the time you’ve got to gauge, really. That’s 1.2 seconds.

“I think there will be cars that slip in between us tomorrow, but you’ve got to say that it was a good day for us, and it’s been the best day for a couple of years.”

Australia may not have shown the pace but perhaps McLaren could be running in the 4-8th place instead of the back of the pack and that’s quite a jump from last year’s miserable season.

What do you reckon? Can McLaren take the fight to Red Bull and Williams?