There were high hopes in the Woking based team that in Shanghai, they would be able to demonstrate their progression by making it into Q2. Sadly for McLaren fans, this didn’t happen.
However, the team are making significant progress with each race weekend outing of the year.
On Malaysia, Jenson Button was 2.366 slower than the Q1 session pace setter and 0.599 seconds behind Sergio Perez who was the last man to make it into P2.
Here in Shanghai, once again Jenson was the quicker of the two McLaren cars. Now just 1.774 seconds behind the Q3 pace setter and a mere 0.225 back from Daniel Kvyat, who scrapped through to the second qualifying session.
On qualifying pace alone, McLaren have improved by a second since the season opener in Melbourne where they were over 2.7 seconds down on the best Q1 time.
Given the current rate of progression, the Woking team could be making Q3 possibly as early as the start of the European season begins in Spain.