Jenson Button says it was “fun racing with the quick cars for a while” in the Chinese Grand Prix and hopes it was the strategy that cost them the chance to finish in the points.
The McLaren Honda driver switched to the medium compound tyres under the safety car, and also fitted them again at his second stop, while most of the other teams stayed on the soft rubber. Button feels this could have cost them a place in the top-ten, either that or the pace of the car just isn't there.
“It was fun for the first stint, we made up a lot of places at the start. I think I was running well into the top ten, I think we were seventh, something like that, battling out there overtaking people and them overtaking us, it was good,” said the Briton, who eventually came home in 13th.
“I thought we were in a good position but we were on the medium tyre and stood still compared to everyone else, where as our pace on the option was pretty good in the first stint. It was fun racing with the quick cars for a while!”
“After the safety car we put on the medium and I'm not sure it was the right [choice], we'll have to look at the data. Everyone else was on the soft tyre and it was just really, really difficult in terms of pace,” he continued.
“We'll have to see if that was the right tyre to have on the car or not. If it wasn't then we had a chance of battling into the points, but if it was the right choice then we're still away from the points.”
“Then we put that [supersoft] tyre on at the end trying to do a two-stop but it didn't look like it was ever going to work. We could have stayed out on the medium but I was in 11th and I thought I'd rather have some fun but the option tyre just disintegrated after about three laps.
“But anyway, we weren't in the points. Hopefully [as I said] we made the wrong strategy call putting on the medium because if we didn't we're not quick enough to be in the points at the moment, because nothing else went wrong so I'm hoping that was the wrong choice and we made a mistake there.
“Maybe our pace just isn't good enough, or make it was the wrong choice of tyre, we'll have to have a look,” he concluded.