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Button: I took it too easy early on

Jenson Button admits he was too conservative with his tyres during the opening stages of the Bahrain Grand Prix after starting McLaren career with seventh place
Jenson Button admitted he was too conservative through the early stages of the Bahrain Grand Prix after starting the defence of his F1 title with a seventh place finish.

The McLaren driver qualified eight for his debut with the team and maintained his place at the start following Michael Schumacher and Mark Webber on track during his opening stint.

While he was able to get ahead of Webber during his pit-stop, the Briton was unable to find a way past Schumacher through the remainder of the race and was forced to settle for seventh place – admitting afterwards that he should have pushed harder during his opening stint when he was concerned about possible tyre wear.

“At the start of the race, I didn't know what was going to happen to my tyres so I took it a little easy,” he said. “I was a bit disappointed that we pitted when we did, because I'd probably looked after the tyres a little too much – because, in the last five laps of the stint, I was able to push to catch Mark and Michael. At the stop, I jumped Mark, which was great. It was a really good pit-stop from the guys – both for Lewis and myself actually, because we each jumped the car in front.

“I then paced myself on the tyres until there were about 20 laps to go. I caught up with Michael, but didn't have enough pace through the middle sector to stay with him and have a go at him in the last sector, which was disappointing. But it was fun all the same.

“Overall, I think our car is pretty good at looking after its tyres, but there's always room for improvement and I think everybody in the team wants more speed and more downforce.”


Tagged as: Mclaren , Jenson Button , Bahrain

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Esteban - Unregistered

March 14, 2010 7:11 PM

There's a lot of idiots around here. One race, and everybody thinks they know the score. You could take from this that Lewis is just better than Jenson, or you could take that they have different styles and in a situation where neither knew how the tyres would behave, but it turned out they were better than expected, then Lewis' style was favoured. Or, better still, you could wait a while and see how it plays out, and not act like reactionary *****s desperate to prove their own hateful biases... but many of you do that so well, it would be a shame to waste your gifts.

wosideg

March 14, 2010 5:24 PM

I thought Jensons interview on the BBC Forum was dead honest..? He was complimentary about Hamilton and also mentioned, as did Lewis, the car was struggling for grip in the tight 2nd sector. He was unlucky to get caught in traffic.



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