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Korean Grand Prix: Button aims to challenge Lotus

Jenson Button says he hopes McLaren can challenge Lotus on track in Korea this weekend
Jenson Button says he hopes to be able to take the fight to Lotus in Korea after a solid start to the weekend in Yeongam.

The McLaren driver was ninth quickest during Friday practice but was under a tenth of a second down on Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus.

While it means the Woking-based team still isn't in contention at the sharp end of the field, Button said he was optimistic about the weekend ahead as he seeks to try and end a disappointing season on something of a high.

“I think our afternoon session was a little more representative of our overall pace,” he said. “We got some reasonable mileage under our belts and, even though I didn't get the best from the Supersoft tyre on my fastest lap, I think we've begun to understand the characteristics of each tyre pretty well.

“In terms of performance, I think we might be a little bit closer to the Lotuses than we've been for the last couple of races – but let's see what tomorrow brings.”

Team-mate Sergio Perez meanwhile said it would be a 'good result' if he was able to bring home a points finish from the weekend.

“We completed everything that was on our list for today – including getting some useful laps on high fuel, which was very important,” he said. “We still have quite a lot of work to do to optimise the car's set-up when running the Prime on high fuel, and work to make the Option perform to its maximum on low fuel, so it's going to be a tricky balancing act – but we're looking forward to it.

“Overall, I think we're in a similar position to where we were at the last race in Singapore: if we can get into the points, it'll be a good result for us.

“The anticipated wet weather might help us out, too.”



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