Button: “We got the strategy wrong”
Jenson Button believes his strategy for the German Grand Prix was the wrong one and expected more from the race.
The Brit started the race from 11th on the grid but benefitted from the first-lap crash between Felipe Massa and his team-mate Kevin Magnussen to move up to sixth.
He used the option tyre in the first stint and was involved in some very close scraps. However, he feels the team called him in for his second pit stop too early and that cost him a better result.
Button eventually took the chequered flag in eighth place, behind the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg and ahead of a recovering Magnussen.
“I got a good start – I was running as high as sixth in the early stages – so things were looking okay,” he admitted after the 67-lap race.
“But I think we got the strategy wrong when we made our second stop. I’m not sure why we stopped so early, but it made it extremely difficult for me to keep the set of tyres alive until the end of the race, which was the plan at that point.
“The strategy didn’t work out for us, which was a shame, but we’ll learn some useful lessons from it. We expected more from today.”
It wasn’t a clean race for the 2009 world champion, after contact with his former team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the turn six hairpin on lap 30.
“When I felt the hit from Lewis [Hamilton], I was a bit surprised. A lot of drivers take a wider entry line into turn six in order to get a better exit – perhaps Lewis expected me to let him past, but why would I let anybody through? We were racing.”
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