Takuma Sato admits that he wasn't sure why he was told to wait behind Jenson Button after catching him up in the middle of last weekends Turkish GP.

The Japanese driver was on a one-stop strategy and set quick times as he approached his stop in the middle of the race. At that point Button had more fuel on board, but was trying open up enough of an advantage to jump Jarno Trulli for fifth at the second stop, and didn't need the distraction of letting his team mate past. Sato had to hold station behind Jenson, and ultimately failed to break into the top eight. He didn't get the full story until he spoke to the team after the race.

"Honestly I was frustrated, but I think he was fighting another car," Takuma told Crash.net. "I was miles quicker. You could say if, I could have done this, I could have done that, but this is racing, and there's no point."

Sato's decision to go for a one-stop was unusual, although it has been tried by a handful of drivers this year. His poor grid position allowed him the option of choosing it.

"It was a very unique strategy!" he said. "It was obviously a choice between remaining on the grid and doing a normal pit stop race, or come into the box and refuel, and do only one stop.

"Obviously we knew the car was performing consistently well over long runs, and that gave us confidence in having a lot of fuel on board, and trying something different. Otherwise if you do a normal race the result will be automatically normal.

"In the end it was a shame that I couldn't score points, but I tried everything. It was obviously tough, as you know, but if you look after the tyres you can still do fast laps at the end of the stint, which was encouraging."

Meanwhile Sato insists that despite his current team's signing of Rubens Barrichello and ongoing fight to retain Jenson Button he is hopeful of having a job next year.

"I believe in myself, I believe the people who are supporting me, in the team and outside the team," he said. "I do my job. Hopefully I can just wait. I'm looking forward to next year."

 

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