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Button backs qualifying postponement decision

Jenson Button said that the decision to delay Q2 until Sunday was "the right call" and said that the FIA had no realistic alternative choice.
McLaren's Jenson Button backed the race officials' call to postpone the remainder of qualifying for the 2013 F1 Australian Grand Prix after rain his the Albert Park circuit on Saturday afternoon.

"I believe the FIA had no choice," said the former world champion. "It was the right call to postpone Q2 and Q3 until tomorrow, for safety reasons.

"When the FIA does something good in terms of safety we're very happy," he continued. "And then when they do something wrong when it's too wet we're unhappy - it's a really difficult call for the FIA."

"The conditions were becoming too dangerous, in terms of low visibility as well as low grip," agreed Button's new team mate at McLaren, Sergio Perez, who had been impressed by the way that his new squad had reacted to the chaotic circumstances as stormy showers swept over Melbourne.

"I think our guys did a fantastic job. They kept calm and focused throughout the whole session, even in the gaps and delays, and as a result Jenson and I were always confident that everything was totally under control," said the young Mexican driver. "That was a really dramatic qualifying session, full of suspense and excitement!"

Both drivers are now keenly aware that they will have to adjust their race day preparations on Sunday to accommodate for the delayed Q2 and Q3 sessions, which will be run from 11am local time (midnight GMT).

"We'll have to follow a really tight schedule tomorrow, including a very short turn-around between qualifying and race, and that'll be tough for everyone," said Perez.

"Deferring the completion of qualifying until Sunday morning means that I won't now be able to go for coffee on the beach!" joked Button, explaining that it was his traditional pre-race routine in Melbourne. "But, you know, maybe that's not such a bad thing, because it means I'll be able to keep my Sunday morning Melbourne coffee as a lucky charm.

"I don't think we'll be quick enough to win here tomorrow, so my coffee-then-win record here will remain intact," he explained. "The ride's a little bit better but I think we've lucked in to this weather a little bit. I think we were quicker in these conditions - not on the wet but on the intermediate tyre - and I think judging it right has made a big difference to us and when we put our lap time in.





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richard

March 16, 2013 9:01 PM

stupot. if you call 94 historic, i reckon thay you are only a kid! before then, races were not even run if a few drops of rain fell. but the advent of tv coverage, saw "run the race at all costs" attitude. and so far, as far as i can ascertain, there is no talk of the race not being run! it is ONLY quali that has been POSTPONED, and the grid can be formed from q1 times or even p3 times. not idea but it has been done before.. but just remember, when you are watching the race from your dry house, that the drivers could be trying to control 800bhp, 200 mph cars, on a flooded track.



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