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Button: 'we didn't have the pace to do better'

Jenson Button admitted that McLaren didn't have the pace to get on the podium at Suzuka, but a flying start and avoiding the first corner mayhem meant he bagged a useful fourth place.
Jenson Button admitted that McLaren simply didn't have what it took to threaten Sebastian Vettel's dominance in the 2012 F1 Grand Prix of Japan - and that finishing just off the podium behind Vettel, Felipe Massa and Kamui Kobayashi was about right.

“Fourth definitely isn't a bad result, particularly considering I started from eighth," he said, adding that McLaren "didn't really have the pace in the race.

"I ran as high as third during the first stint, but in hindsight it was probably an error to make our first pitstop so early," he continued. "Both Kamui and I were compromised behind a Toro Rosso, and that cost both of us a bit of time to Felipe."

"Jenson was unlucky to get stuck behind Daniel [Ricciardo], and lost quite a bit of time after his first pitstop as a result," expanded McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh.

Massa was able to use the advantage of his own flying start on bran-new tyres, which Button said had made all the difference over that first stint and allowed the Ferrari to jump ahead into second place during the first sequence of pit stops.

"You can go longer and keep the speed up, so he was able to jump both of us after the first stops," explained Button of Massa's success.

Button's last hope of making the podium had been to run a long middle stint and then use the advantage of comparatively fresh tyres to close up on Kobayashi and take third place before the chequered flag. But in the end, Button simply ran out of time.

"I was able to push and start catching Kamui, but he controlled his final set of tyres very well," Button admitted. "I could get close to him, but the only way I was going to get into the DRS zone was by braking extra-late into the chicane, and, every time I tried, I locked up and ran wide."

“Still, this result isn't too bad," he insisted. "We got some more points – we just didn't have the pace to go for the win today."




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Taipan

October 07, 2012 6:46 PM

Pcx, So suddenly McLaren are arrogant? In your strange little mind does this arrogance come from them not giving Lulu everything he wanted by any chance? Lulu - "I want my trophies, I want more money, I want to expand my brand" McLaren - "no, sod off" The only arrogance came from your little hero and it bit his ar$e!

Taipan

October 07, 2012 9:45 PM

Evening Jayne, I really think Lulu thought "fine if McLaren don't give me everything that I demand I'll leave, I'll show you" and in doing so he has cut his nose off to spite his face. Crazy move, ask any driver in F1 if they would rather be at McLaren or Mercedes next season and everyone of them would say McLaren, but most of them seem more interested in racing and winning rather than fame, money and brand, there lies the big difference between F1 drivers and pop star Lulu.



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