Slow Lotus cost me top 10 qualifying result – Button
The Brit could only manage 12th in the second segment today, but will start 11th due to the five-place grid penalty for Sergio Perez.
He is looking forward to the Austrian Grand Prix and is a fan of the Red Bull Ring, but expects overtaking to be trickier than people might think.
Button failed to complete much running in the final practice session. When asked how much that hurt his qualifying session, he replied: “Quite a bit, but I think we would have been in the top 10 if my last run had of actually worked out.
“I was about seven seconds behind a Lotus and he proceeded to lock up at every corner and run wide. He eventually pulled over but it cost me a lot of time.
“But it isn’t too bad; we are 11th and can run new tyres at the start of the race and play around with the strategy. It has worked out for Force India a few times so we will see if it works for us.”
He expects the predicted warmer conditions on Sunday to punish the tyres more. “We will see how it goes,” he said when looking ahead to the race.
“It is going to be difficult to overtake but we will see what we can do. It is a fun circuit to drive and I think it will be a tough circuit on the tyres as it is meant to be a bit warmer tomorrow.”
His team-mate Kevin Magnussen qualified sixth and was satisfied with his performance. “It was good to see a little bit of progress and see that we can fight for the top five,” he said.
“I think if things were perfect today, we could have had fifth. You can always say that. We have got to be happy with the progress we are making and try and keep it up. I think we can be satisfied.”
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Jack Leslie is a freelance motorsport journalist. He has been part of the Richland F1 team since the very start and made his debut in the F1 paddock for the website at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. Jack also writes for Car Throttle and RumbleStripNews, as well as running a popular blog.