Button rues strategy blunder
Jenson Button and his McLaren team are ruing a strategy blunder that saw the Brit finish outside the points in today’s Canadian Grand Prix. The Woking based squad put their lead driver on the supersoft Pirelli tyres for the first of his two stints – he ran a one stop strategy – but with hindsight he feels that a better result would have been possible had they started on the mediums.
Reflecting on the move, Button said: “With hindsight, I think we’d have been better off starting on the Prime tyre, rather than the Option. During my first stint, all the two-stoppers pitted ahead of me, then came back to overtake me, so it was a bit tricky.”
He added that “We showed today that, irrespective of strategy, we wouldn’t have gone any faster. This wasn’t the best race for us as a team. It’s particularly tough because the circuit is usually very good for us.”
However the 33-year-old feels that Silverstone should suit the MP4-28 more and he is looking forward to returning home: “Our car tends to work on fast and flowing circuits – such as Malaysia or China – so I’m looking forward to my home race at Silverstone at the end of the month. We tried some new parts this weekend, but they weren’t really suited for this type of circuit – they should work better at Silverstone so I’m feeling position about the future.”
Team-mate Sergio Perez suffered little better to come home 11th. He just missed out on a point and admitted that it wasn’t the race that they expected: “This wasn’t the race we were hoping to have. We tried out best to try and score a few points, but it was impossible to do any better than we did out there today. It’s a pity, because the car felt quite good during our installation laps. But the car didn’t work that well on the Option tyre, and we struggled to find enough grip.”
However he is optimistic for the upgrades being brought to Silverstone: “At Silverstone, I hope we can make a step forward. We brought some upgrades to this race, but didn’t really get the running we needed to verify them. Hopefully, they’ll work better at Silverstone.”
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