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2 Felipe Massa
3 Valtteri Bottas

Button hampered by damaged car

Sunday 17th November 2013

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Button hampered by damaged car

Button hampered by damaged car

Jenson Button enjoyed his United States GP even though first lap contract left him with a broken front-wing endplate.

Having lacked pace in Saturday's qualifying, the McLaren driver's woes were further compounded by the three-place grid penalty he incurred by overtaking under red flags on Friday.

As a result he started the 56-lap grand prix 15th on the grid and found himself fighting hard for track position.

That fight resulted in a broken front-wing endplate that led to the Brit having to battle understeer.

But despite having to contend with that, Button eventually fought his way inside the top scoring, scoring one World Championship point.

"Even though I was only battling for a single World Championship point, I still wanted to do the best job I could this afternoon," he said.

"As in all the past few races, I made contact with another car on the first lap - and that contact broke my left-hand front-wing endplate. It wasn't quite as bad as in Abu Dhabi, but it still left me with quite a lot of understeer.

"We considered changing the nose-box at the pit-stop, but, instead, the mechanics added some extra front wing, and that helped to re-balance the car. It still wasn't ideal, because losing downforce at the front doesn't affect only the front-end, it affects air-flow across the whole car as well.

"Still, I enjoyed the race. The first 30 laps, during which I was stuck behind Felipe [Massa], were particularly tough, but I was able to make some good moves at the end, and that made our day a bit more interesting."

The Brit is now looking ahead to the season finale in Brazil in the hope of ending his campaign on a high note.

"I'm hoping for a trouble-free, exciting and prosperous final grand prix of the season in Brazil next weekend," he added.

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