F1 » F1 China 2013: Button hopes for tyre gambit boost

Jenson Button is hoping that McLaren's gamble on being the highest-placed car on the grid on medium tyres will reap dividends in Shanghai on Sunday.

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atxsxsw - Unregistered

April 13, 2013 2:26 PM

Vettel "outbraking himself and running off" seemed to me to be RBR's way of strategically placing him on the clean side of the grid for the start. Pretty sure Seb will be past him on the start and be done with him Button for the day.

While this is traditionally a strong track for Mercedes and for Hamilton, I think this year that Kimi is stronger at conserving these weak Pirellis. Even with the superior strategy I don't think Seb will finish in front of Kimi and probably not in front of the pair of the Mercedes. Button, even with the better tire strategy will finish no higher than 7th unless there are retirements from Vettel, Kimi, or the Ferraris and Mercedes.

Oldtimer - Unregistered

April 13, 2013 2:43 PM

It's a desperate gamble and just shows what trouble Mclaren are in, given the general leval of reliability Button will struggle to finish anywhere near the podium.

Ron - Unregistered

April 13, 2013 11:22 PM

Sensitive tires, Hamilton in a Merc, thats bound to be an early pitstop. Would not be suprised to see Kimi win, Seb on the podium. Hell Webber was on the podium a couple of years ago, from last on the grid at China (2011?).

Buttons best chance in the dry as well, which is saying a lot

jim crint - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 12:27 AM

What a sorry state of affairs when three drivers in Q3 opt to not bother going for a quick lap in the fastest tyre in order to be on a different tyre strategy for the race. If I was a fan watching this at the circuit I would feel distinctly cheated. This is not what F1 should be about and it's not what made this sport great. Pathetic!

Arthur - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 6:43 AM

Jenson apologised to fans when he SENSIBLY STROLLED OVER THE LINE FOR EIGHTH. With an uncompetitive car he is in a good position for the race. As usual he has his race thinking cap on.
5th or better. Barring McLaren screwing up again he should be on for 8 or 10 points, or better?
Fortunately he has far more fans than the imbeciles who denigrate his every move. We shall see.

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