Button 'puzzled' by lack of pace

Saturday 2nd November 2013

 RSS

Share:

Button 'puzzled' by lack of pace

Button 'puzzled' by lack of pace

Jenson Button reckons he was caught out by the cooler temperatures after failing to make it into Q3 in Abu Dhabi.

Although Button was sixth quickest in Saturday's final practice, that took place on a track that reached a maximum temperature of 47'C.

And that was in stark contrast to the temperatures in qualifying which were in the mid 30s.

On the cooler track, the McLaren driver failed to repeat his earlier form and finished down in 13th place.

"It was a puzzling session," he said.

"I think we struggled to get the tyres working because of the cooler temperatures - I had to take so much rear wing off to try to help balance the car, but it wasn't enough. We were maxed-out on the front wing, too.

"There wasn't anything else I could have done with the car to help the front end, since we were already running very low downforce on the rear - as could be seen by our straightline speeds.

"It's quite frustrating, because in FP3 this afternoon we looked really promising - sixth-quickest - and the car felt very good."

Related Links
Webber Pips Vettel To Pole In Abu Dhabi
Saturday's Gallery From Abu Dhabi

Formula 1 Descends On Suzuka

Editor's Picks

10 Reasons For Three-Car Teams

10 Reasons For Three-Car Teams

What's not to like about three-car teams? Bernie's suggestion has been dismissed by the purists, but it would tighten up the racing...

Winners & Losers: Singapore

Winners & Losers: Singapore

Lewis may have beaten Nico by 33 centimetres on Saturday, but on Sunday he finished 47 laps down the road...

Getting To Know Marchionne

Getting To Know Marchionne

Ferrari fans needn't be worried about Sergio Marchionne - he comes with a pedigree of turning round businesses...

Highlights Of Luca's Tenure

Highlights Of Luca's Tenure

Luca di Montezemolo is Ferrari through and through, from spending time as Enzo Ferrari's assistant to assuming control in 1991...

Tin Foil Hats At The Ready

Tin Foil Hats At The Ready

Twice this season Lewis Hamilton has accused Nico Rosberg of deliberately making a mistake. Was Monza number three?