Jenson Button, McLaren, Buddh International Circuit, 2011

Button says “I backed off” after Massa’s crash

2011 Indian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button, McLaren, Buddh International Circuit, 2011
Jenson Button, McLaren, Buddh International Circuit, 2011

Jenson Button said he backed off when Felipe Massa crashed in front of him at the end of qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix.

The McLaren driver set his fastest lap of Q3 after passing the scene of Massa’s crash as the yellow flags came out.

Speaking after qualifying he said: “No he was heading into the gravel I think as I was coming up to it.

“I saw the tyre marks, I saw the smoke, and then I saw the yellow flag but I was actually in the yellow flag zone already.

“So we’ll see what happens. But I backed off and I hope it’s enough.”

Button said he was “not at all happy” with the car’s performance in qualifying and was hoping it would perform better in the race:

“This morning the car felt great. The pace was good and the car just felt good.

“And this afternoon I just couldn’t find any grip. On the hard tyre I couldn’t find any grip and on the soft tyre the same.

“I didn’t really get a clear lap on either of my soft tyre runs. The traffic’s been terrible out there. I think because the tyres aren’t working the first lap, people are trying it and then backing out of it so there’s cars everywhere.

“I think I’ll end up fourth tomorrow so we’ll see. At the moment I’ve got to work out why I can’t find a balance. And then hopefully we’ll have a better race than qualifying, it was a disaster qualifying really.

“The car felt good on high fuel yesterday and hopefully we’ll have that balance for tomorrow.”

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