Jenson Button, McLaren, Shanghai, 2011

Button: no answer for Red Bull’s “phenomenal” pace

2011 Chinese Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button, McLaren, Shanghai, 2011
Jenson Button, McLaren, Shanghai, 2011

Jenson Button admitted McLaren weren’t able to compete with Red Bull in qualifying in China.

Speaking after qualifying second, 0.7 seconds behind Sebastian Vettel, Button said: “In the heat of the moment I think you always think that’s it’s possible.

“But the pace in Q3, of Sebastian and the Red Bull, was phenomenal. In Q2, yeah, it looked like it was possible and that’s why I chose to run with two [sets of] tyres in Q3 to give it a go and see if we can.

“And then I saw Seb’s time and it was like ‘OK, maybe we’re going to have to fight for second place’.

“But it’s nice for me, this is my best grid slot of the year. From where we were on Friday I don’t think either of us were that happy with the balance.

“We’ve improved the car a lot and we should be happy with what we’ve achieved today. I think the team did a great job of turning the car around over the last two days and big thanks to them.

“I also had a little surprise – my girlfriend rocked up right before qualifying which maybe gave me a helping hand.”

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