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Button: A few talking points

Friday 20-June-2014 17:08

Jenson Button has highlighted the pit entry as well as the exit of Turn 8 as two areas that will need to be spoken about in the drivers' briefing.

Every Friday evening of a grand prix weekend, all 22 drivers meet with the FIA to discuss any issue that may have arisen.

This Friday, as Formula 1 returned to Austria for the first time in more than a decade, it was clear to see that the pit entry was causing problems in free practice.

Added to that, Button says they need to also look at the exit to Turn 8.

"There will probably be a couple of talking points in the drivers' briefing tonight," he revealed.

"The pit entry at Turn Eight is tricky; I tried to go round the outside of someone who was pitting, but I just went straight on because I was on the marbles. So that might need a little look.

"Additionally, the exit of Turn Eight needs looking at - it's seemingly quicker to run with all four wheels off the track, but it's a bit more dangerous because you run out of asphalt and have to get back on the track before it grasses over."

But despite his concerns, Button enjoyed the opening day of the Austrian GP weekend.

He finished FP2 in seventh place, 1.271s off the pace.

"Today was fun. It's always nice to go to a high-speed track like this - we don't have too many of them left any more - it's very relaxed, it's old-school, a good mix. We love the glamour of Monaco and the city races like Montreal and Singapore, but it's nice to have these old-school tracks, too.

"For us, it was a relatively productive day. We're still struggling with graining on the Supersoft tyre, as we did in Canada, but the Prime seemed good on both our short- and long-runs.

"Our aim will be to make progress and, at tracks that are less suited to our package, to not drop too much ground to the teams ahead of us. Eventually, it would be nice to be able to challenge the teams ahead of us in the constructors' fight.

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