Jenson Button expects to be competitive from the start in Spain next weekend despite a frustrating two-day test session.
Button and his BAR team tested at Mugello in Italy but his progress was hampered by wet weather and mechanical niggles as the Englishman looks to further narrow the gap on Ferrari.
The Frome-born driver was second last time out at Imola – his best-ever result in Formula One – and approaches the Spanish Grand Prix with confidence.
“Unfortunately we had a few minor problems at the test in Mugello,” he said.
“I’m disappointed that we didn’t achieve all that we would’ve liked to in our test plan.
“We struggled for most of the first day to find a set-up that worked, but fortunately, towards the end, we were able to find a balance we were happy with.
“We concentrated most of our efforts on aerodynamics and testing new parts. For the second day of the test we also worked on tyres, but this was hampered a bit by the weather.
“It was positive to find that the car and tyres worked well in the wet conditions.
“I’m looking forward to the race in Spain now. We should have a good car there immediately and be competitive right from the beginning of the weekend.”