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Jenson Button Q&A: It could be a lot worse 15 May 2010

Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Qualifying Day, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Saturday, 15 May 2010 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4/25 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Qualifying Day, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Saturday, 15 May 2010 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Qualifying Day, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Saturday, 15 May 2010

Qualifying left McLaren’s Jenson Button eighth on the grid and very disappointed. Traffic may have played a role, but the main factor seems to have been the decision to use Bridgestone’s super soft option tyre for Q3 rather than the medium prime. Now the championship leader will be stuck in the queue at the start of Sunday’s 78-lap race. With passing so difficult, he’ll be banking on the fact that anything can happen in Monaco - and quite often does...

Q: Have your expectations for the qualifying been met this weekend here in Monaco?
Jenson Button:
No, not really. Even though the car felt really good in Q1 with the hard tyres, but we did not run them in Q3. That was a little bit of a shame. We ran on the soft tyres like everybody else and I struggled on it with a lot of movement in the rear at high speed, and a lot of understeer at low-speed sections. So in both directions I had problems and could not really do anything about it. It didn’t feel great and I don’t think that Lewis (Hamilton) is particularly happy either. He is fifth, and I am on eighth, so not a long way back, but still it is a bit frustrating. Knowing how tough my lap was, and how bad it felt, I guess Lewis must have had similar kind of problems, as he is only two-tenths quicker. It is a pity that we chose to go that direction, as with the harder tyres I think the lap time would have been much better.

Q: At one point in Q3 it seemed that Felipe Massa was getting in your way…
JB:
I had so much space, and I don’t know what he was thinking. There are only ten cars out in Q3, so it should be fairly easy to keep out of the way of other cars coming around. He must have not looked in his mirrors, and it was right at the end of my first timed lap of the session. This was very annoying, as I don’t know what that lap time would have been. On top of that the next timed lap was destroyed as well, because I had a bad run onto the pit straight.

Q: Two days ago you said that there will be anger in qualifying, but your problem was not traffic related…
JB:
No, Q1 wasn’t too bad. In fact it was surprising how good it was as there weren’t any big issues.

Q: Looking at the race, P8 isn’t really a good position to score a lot of points…
JB:
Not really. This is a bad place to start, but sure it could be a lot worse.