Jenson Button, McLaren, Interlagos, 2013

Button has doubts over practice tactics

2013 Brazilian Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button, McLaren, Interlagos, 2013Jenson Button said choosing not to run during practice to save tyres may have compromised McLaren’s qualifying effort.

Button was one of four drivers not to set a time during the final hour after practice at Interlagos, in order to preserve his tyre allocation for the weekend.

“We sat out most of FP3 in order to save tyres, which felt like the right thing to do at the time, but in retrospect maybe it wasn?t the right call,” said Button after qualifying 15th.

“After all, we hadn?t run in wet conditions on the intermediate tyres before qualifying, so we weren?t prepared for the problems we then encountered. But hindsight is a wonderful thing.”

“We were running a low-downforce configuration, which probably didn?t help either,” he added. “We felt that set-up was working for us yesterday, when it wasn?t as wet, but it probably hurt us in getting pressure into the tyre.”

“Still, we were good in Q1 ?ǣ I ended up in [seventh place] ?ǣ but, when it rained harder in Q2, I couldn?t get enough temperature into the tyres.”

Button added the team expect drier conditions for tomorrow’s grand prix: “Hopefully we?ll have some good racing, and we won?t spend too long behind the Safety Car.”

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