Jenson Button has predicted that the Singapore Grand Prix will be an “exciting” one due to the unusual way that the tyres are working around the Marina Bay Street Circuit. The Brit is expecting a range of tyre strategies to be used during the 61 lap race.
Button managed to make it through to the third and final qualifying session, setting the eighth fastest time. He conceded that a position on the fourth row of the grid was a reasonable result, despite there being plenty of work left to do.
Talking in a team statement he said: “The car felt okay and I’d say it was a reasonable qualifying session for us. There’s still quite a bit of progress to be made, but we’ve been doing a lot of set-up work this weekend to improve the car and I’m happy about that.”
He is expecting plenty of different tyre strategies during the race: “We’ll see what we can do tomorrow, so as to make the best of where we are. It’s likely to be an exciting race because the tyres are working in a very unusual way. As a result there are going to be a lot of different strategies, so it’ll be interesting to see how everyone get on.”
He added: “It’s going to be difficult to overtake the cars in front of us, but we’ll see what we can do. Having said that, I’m really looking forward to it. It’s always a very tough race here, but that’s what we do all the training for.”
Team-mate Sergio Perez failed to make it through to the top 10 shoot-out and will start the race from 14th on the grid. Discussing his Q2 troubles he said: “I think today we should have made it through to Q3. Basically, when the track got better in Q2, I just couldn’t improve my time. The rear felt quite loose and I therefore found it difficult to maximise the full potential of the car. I think the changes we did after P3 didn’t help, and I probably lost a bit there.”
Looking ahead to the race, the Mexican said: “As a result, it’s not going to be one of the easiest races out there for me tomorrow, starting from P14. It’ll be difficult for me to overtake, so we need a good strategy and good pace throughout the race. But not everything is lost: we’ve seen in the past that anything can happen here and there’s a big difference between the Prime and the Option so we’ll see what effect that has from a strategy point of view. Obviously, our aim is to score some points.”
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