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Jenson Button Q&A: It’s been a tough weekend 27 May 2012

Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren on the drivers parade.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 27 May 2012 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-27.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 27 May 2012 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-27.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 27 May 2012 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-27.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 27 May 2012 Race retiree Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 27 May 2012

Jenson Button’s Monaco weekend started well enough, but a poor qualifying session followed by an even more frustrating race has left the McLaren driver keen to forget his 2012 Monte-Carlo outing. Button discusses his race and look ahead to a change in fortune at the next round in Canada…

Q: Jenson, in the race you had an on-going battle with Caterham’s Heikki Kovalainen and ultimately paid the price for it by going out of the race. Tell us what happened?
Jenson Button:
First of all let me congratulate Mark (Webber) for his superb win. Six different winners so far - what a fantastic season - congratulation to the ‘old boy’! Coming back to my race, it wasn’t really a fight with Kovalainen because, if you place your car correctly, the person behind can’t overtake and he kept doing that, so there was not a lot I could have done. I guess that he was looking more in his back mirrors than at the track. Of course it is quite frustrating if you know that you are so much quicker but you can’t overtake. So game over. We have to see that we qualify better in Montreal and hopefully get a bit luckier. It was a tough weekend!

Q: What has to happen to get you winning again?
JB:
It’s simple, I need to be quicker in qualifying and to do that I have to find a balance with the car and find consistency. The start of the weekend was good and then qualifying wasn’t, so hopefully we will find an answer to this one ahead of Canada.

Q: You mentioned bad luck. What was unlucky for you?
JB:
Well, if you start a race so far behind there are easily things that might happen around you. At the start Kamui Kobayashi was launched up by someone else, which put me onto the escape road and that was the start of an unfortunate race. I hope that the next race will be nicer to me! (laughs)

Q: What was on your mind throughout your race?
JB:
To be honest I couldn’t wait for the race to be over! I knew that there were no points for me today and Kovalainen was allowed to drive around as slowly as he wanted to, which was just painful. But that all comes from a bad qualifying session and being at the wrong place at the wrong time in Turn One by being on the outside and getting passed by a lot of cars, That probably hurt more than anything else. Coming back from there seemed almost impossible especially as we hoped that the rain would come earlier so we stayed out on the first set of tyres for a long time. But none of our plans fell into place.

Q: Would the rain and a different strategy have made any difference?
JB:
We were on the same strategy as Sebastian (Vettel) but the difference was that he had a pretty good start. For him it worked out but for me it didn’t. That’s racing. So let’s all look forward to Montreal.

Q: Speaking of Montreal, you had fantastic race there last year…
JB:
I am looking forward to that one very much. You can see that I am a bit frustrated right now but when I wake up tomorrow and there’s a blue sky, I will put my spirits back together again and look forward to Montreal.

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