F1 » Button: We just weren't quick enough


Jenson Button: I'm in the same championship position as I was before this race, so the title's getting more difficult. We came here with a lot of different new parts – some of them worked really well, while others need a bit of work. We've just got to hope that when we put the new package on the car in Korea, we get the best out of it. For the next race, we'll hopefully have the performance we'd expected to have here.

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blzbub

October 10, 2010 5:13 PM

jb was 0.026 seconds slower than alonso in q3 on the hard/wrong tyre, on the last lap of the race mark webber pushed to get the fastest lap, jenson button's final lap was 0.055 seconds slower, the mclaren was fast enough for the podium today

JMD - Unregistered

October 10, 2010 6:11 PM

Indeed, Mclaren have been plenty quick enough over the last few races, a combo of Jenson being slow and Hammy throwing his car at the scenery is why the teams not looking so good.

Now if someone could create a JB/LH hybrid, Mclaren might have a chance.






blzbub

October 10, 2010 10:40 PM

Jonathan Noble
10 October , 03.13 (BST)
McLaren team principal
Martin Whitmarsh believes
Jenson Button is in good
shape for the Japanese
Grand Prix after opting for
prime tyres in qualifying,
even though he is only
starting in fifth place.
The reigning world
champion decided to play
the long game by not using
the option tyres for Sunday
morning's qualifying
session, and it is a strategy
that Whitmarsh thinks can
lift Button up the field in
the race.
"He is in a very strong
position and he did a
fantastic job," Whitmarsh
told AUTOSPORT. "He was
involved in making that call
and I think the option tyre
is going to struggle a little
bit this afternoon, so to be
up there near the front
with the prime tyre I think
you are in a good shape. It
was the right thing for him
to do.
"We have got the second
quickest car, and without
that pace we could not
have contemplated being
on the prime tyre. The
prime tyre is clearly the
slower tyre over one lap
but it will be the strongest
race tyre.
"We know

blzbub

October 10, 2010 10:43 PM

Cont . . . how good
Jenson is at looking after
his tyres and running
smoothly, and he will be
setting out to really run
long into this race, that is
not a secret, and hopefully
if we get a little bit of luck
go our way this weekend,
we will be able to exploit
that and it will be a good
strategy."
Although Button
ultimately sacrificed
around two tenths of a
second of qualifying pace
by being fuelled for a
multi-lap run in Q3, which
was the difference between
his final time and that of
the cars immediately ahead
of him, Whitmarsh reckons
it would have been too
much of a gamble to
expect him to deliver his
best on a single-lap run.
"The first thing we all said
was if we had gone for one
lap on the prime with
Jenson we could have been
up closer to the front,"
explained Whitmarsh. "It
would have been a very
brave thing to do to do
one lap on the prime, but
that is the normal racing
mentality.
"Jenson did his best time
on his first lap and still had
two laps of fuel, so could
have been up th

SFFan - Unregistered

October 11, 2010 12:14 AM

Yes, You werent quick enough, because your team orders dictate that you should be second to 'Toff'...your so called number 'one'driver! If he crashes once you have to do it twice. Because you are number two. The car has the pace it's the drivers...and team politics! Even in looks I have to say the Mcliar is 'quite easy on the eye'. As MW might say it...thats saying something, from a SF team supporter! Sorry we didnt see more crashes from your team mate though...made it quite boring really. He is normally the one that puts excitement into the race with his rookie driving style lol ha ha!

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