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Button escapes grid penalty

Jenson Button: I saw Felipe [Massa] heading into the gravel as I came up to him. I definitely would have been quicker on that run, but I got into the yellow flag zone, saw his car, spotted the smoke and backed out of it a little bit.

Jenson Button will start the inaugural Indian Grand Prix from fourth, despite having set his fastest final sector after Felipe Massa had crashed out at turn 9.

There had been some debate over whether or not the Englishman would be penalised by the stewards, but they opted not to punish the McLaren man after the telemetry revealed he had slowed.

“On my final run, I saw Felipe [Massa] heading into the gravel as I came up to him,” Button explained. “I definitely would have been quicker on that run, but I got into the yellow flag zone, saw his car, spotted the smoke and backed out of it a little bit.

“I definitely lost time in the sector - the data showed that I was 14km/h down in fact.”

Despite keeping his spot on the second row though, Button still felt his qualifying session was a 'disaster'. Indeed not only did he have to use one set of his soft tyres to get through Q1, but his best lap in Q3 - a 1 minute 24.950 seconds - was almost half a second off his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton - although he will still start ahead of his fellow countryman, as Lewis loses three places for a yellow flag infringement on Friday.

“The car felt great this morning but I couldn't find any grip this afternoon, particularly on the prime tyre,” Button continued.

“I struggled with traffic all afternoon - it was difficult to find a clear lap, and, when I did, I'd taken too much out of my tyres already.

"At the moment I've got to work out why I can't find a balance, and then hopefully we'll have a better race than qualifying because it was a disaster.

“I hope I can take the car I had yesterday, as opposed to the car I had this afternoon, into the race.

“It felt stronger on high-fuel during Friday running, so hopefully we can find that again tomorrow.”




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Clondikemike - Unregistered

October 30, 2011 12:30 AM

What a bunch of armchair *******. The telemetry proved Button backed off. The stewards have far more information at their disposal than a load of one eyed Hammy fans braying at their TV sets and foaming at the mouth cos their guy got a penalty for breaking the rules. When are you going to understand if Hamilton doesn't break rules and cause accidents he won't get penalised. Finger pointing and wailing at everyone else with your partisan clap trap don't clear Hamilton or change the facts.



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