Jenson Button felt that a top 10 grid position for tomorrow’s German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring was possible.
The Brit was knocked into the drop-zone in the closing stages of the second qualifying segment, after he was held up on his final run, and will start the race from 11th place.
After struggling on Friday and in final practice this morning, changes were made prior to the qualifying and he said the car felt much better.
“I have struggled most of the weekend to try and find the balance, especially this morning, a lot of it to do with braking,” the 2009 world champion admitted.
“We have looked at all the data and we changed the car for qualifying. It was much better but obviously it is very late in the day to make big changes, so we couldn’t tweak it obviously through qualifying.
“I think we could have got into the top 10, obviously I wouldn’t have had Kevin’s pace, I don’t think. I think we could have been a bit higher but I got traffic from [Romain] Grosjean in the last sector which cost me a couple of tenths. That hurt but we are 11th on the grid and I have new tyres, so we can still have fun tomorrow.”
Meanwhile his team-mate Kevin Magnussen was one of the stars of qualifying and will line up for tomorrow’s race in fourth place.
“Today it felt very good. I really was able to push and drive it like a go-kart,” the Danish rookie said.
“Obviously the new bits on the car have worked and we got the most out of it. I am really happy with how the car feels but we need to keep going in this direction.”
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