Fry: Button needs to be quicker

Nick Fry has said that Jenson Button will need to look closely at his performance to see how he can close the gap to his team-mate. Hamilton finished four places ahead of Button at the season opener in Bahrain.

“There’s clearly a gap that Jenson is going to have to close,” Fry commented. “It is absolutely self-evident. I am sure he will now be looking at what he can do to close the gap to Lewis, who does have home-team advantage at the moment.

“He will have to be looking at all aspects of his own performance – not only how he drives but also the way he works with the team. Jenson will know all these things and he has got to work hard.”

Button has made it clear that he is not happy with his performance and he knows that the car can go quicker – as evidenced by Hamilton’s performance. However Button has also hinted that the car currently more suited to Hamilton than him and he is hoping to address this issue at the next F1 race in Melbourne.

“There is room for improvement,” Button said. “I am not entirely happy with the car – but that’s a set-up thing because the car is a good one and there is pace in it. That’s witnessed by the fact Lewis did a great job to get on the podium and it shows the team has done a very good job.

“But there are a few areas of the car I need to look at, improve, a weakness you might say, to make it my own a little bit more. So I’ll be working on that in Melbourne on Friday.

“For me, it’s the low-speed aspect, but the pace is something we can work with and improve in Melbourne. Our car is reasonably competitive but it is not on the same pace as the Ferraris at the moment.”