Jenson Button cut short his Friday at Hockenheim to make an emergency trip to the local hospital after getting something in his eye during the afternoon session.
The McLaren driver had completed only six laps in what was scheduled to be a 90-minute session where he would have focused on his car's long run potential before leaving the circuit, but was back in the paddock in time for the evening debrief after receiving treatment in nearby Mannheim.
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“I was driving down the pit straight and got something in my eye,” he clarified, “I've had it before, when you get a carbon piece stuck in your eyeball, and they have to take it out. It wasn't actually stuck in my eyeball [this time], which was good, but they didn't have the proper system of checks to do it here [at the circuit] so I went to the hospital where they washed it out. I've had it before where they've had to use a needle to get it out of my eyeball, but it was fine this time.
“I don't know exactly what it was, but probably a bit of carbon dust from the brakes. It still hurts, but only because it is scratched. They gave me some eye drops and stuff, so all is good.”
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Button says there is no reason why the medical excursion would prevent him from resuming his role behind the wheel on Saturday, and he is looking forward to continuing McLaren-Honda's resurgence
“I think, similar to the last race, we have to aim to be best of the rest. If we can be behind the top three teams here, that's not a bad position to go into the summer break. I think, in terms of qualifying speed, we're at the same level as last week, but I didn't get a good lap with low fuel today because of traffic, so I could have gone quicker.
“Of course, I had to stop early because of the problem and missed the long run, so we'll have to make up for it tomorrow, but the car didn't feel too bad before that. The team needed six laps of data on the supersofts and I got just those laps in, so we should be okay."
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