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Singapore Grand Prix: '8th as good as we could expect' - McLaren

McLaren left it late in Q2 but managed to sneak Jenson Button into the final round of qualifying in the final seconds of Q2, but the team admitted that eighth was as good as they could realistically hope for.
Jenson Button will start from eighth place on the grid for the 2013 Singapore Grand Prix, and the driver admitted that this would make for a tough outing under the floodlights on Sunday.

"It's always a very tough race here, but that's what we do all the training for," said Button after the end of qualifying. "It's going to be difficult to overtake the cars in front of us, but we'll see what we can do. Having said that, I'm really looking forward to it."

Button insisted that the car had felt okay, and characterised Saturday's session as "reasonable" in the circumstances.

"There's still quite a bit of progress to be made, but we've been doing a lot of set-up work this weekend to improve the car and I'm happy about that," he said.

“We'll see what we can do tomorrow, so as to make the best of where we are," he continued. "It's likely to be an exciting race because the tyres are working in a very unusual way. As a result there are going to be a lot of different strategies, so it'll be interesting to see how everyone get on."

His boss, McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh, was in agreement that Button had got the best there was to get out of the car in Singapore this weekend.

"Jenson delivered a typically strong and fault-free performance to qualify about as well as we felt our car was capable of qualifying here this evening," he said.

By contrast, Button's team mate Sergio Perez was disappointed to finish outside the top ten, with Sunday seeing him consigned to a problematic 14th place on the grid for the start of the Grand Prix.

"That was quite a disappointing qualifying session for me," he admitted. "I think today we should have made it through to Q3.

"Basically, when the track got better in Q2, I just couldn't improve my time," he explained. "The rear felt quite loose and I therefore found it difficult to maximise the full potential of the car. I think the changes we did after FP3 didn't help, and I probably lost a bit there. Also in my out-lap I had quite a bit of traffic which didn't help either. To lose two-tenths here is very easy – and today we did it."

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September 21, 2013 6:54 PM

Mclaren don't really seem to have made any progress with there car, it's still a second and a half away from poll and I'd guess it will start to slip backwards as they concentrate on next years car. It's all very well saying that you want Alonso back but is he really going to come back to a team with such a poor car after several years in an average Ferrari, I would have thought not. Button is not the best but they are lucky to have someone mature enough to put up with the poor car they have produced, we can all imiagine what Hamilton or indeed Alonso might be sayhing about the heap they have produced this season.

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