United States Grand Prix – Qualifying results
Jenson Button has criticised Jolyon Palmer and Renault for the hindrance that he feels prevented him from progressing beyond Q1 as he qualified down in 19th for the United States Grand Prix.
Having been inside the top ten during FP3, Button had harboured hopes of making it into Q3 but would find himself comfortably out of contention in Q1 after being forced to overtake four cars in the final sector alone.
Though he passed three with relative ease, he would come across Renault's Palmer at the final corner, the Briton getting out of the way but not quick enough, according to an incensed Button.
“We were 8th yesterday and 9th this morning, the pace was good, but we messed up with the timing in Q1 – it's not the first time this happens – and I had four cars to overtake in the last sector.
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“The last one, saw me really late and stayed on the racing line, so I had to out-brake him into the last corner and, you know, there it's so important to brake late and carry speed into the corner, but you can't do that if you're off line. And you don't know what the other car is doing, because he was weaving around, so…
“It's disappointing and it's the kind of thing we shouldn't be making mistakes in. We got a Renault on the way again, as it has happened in the last couple of races… It doesn't matter what they see, this is what they've done today and I hope they get a penalty for it!”
Whilst Palmer – who did make it to Q2 en route to 15th on the grid - says the error occurred from his engineer for not informing him of Button's presence, he doesn't believe it cost him as much time as he claimed.
“The frustration with Q1 was it was closer than it needed to be as no-one told me about the traffic and Jenson came up to me in the last corner. I had to literally get off the road to not get a penalty.”
“I saw him, I jumped off the track and I wasn't on the track when he came past. I tried my best to get out of the way, I don't think it cost him three tenths me getting out of the way.”
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