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Jenson Button Q&A: Strategy might give us an advantage 26 Oct 2013

Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Preparations, Saturday, 26 October 2013 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Preparations, Saturday, 26 October 2013 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Preparations, Saturday, 26 October 2013 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Preparations, Saturday, 26 October 2013 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Preparations, Saturday, 26 October 2013 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Practice, Friday, 25 October 2013 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Preparations, Friday, 25 October 2013

McLaren’s Jenson Button sprang something of a surprise in Q1 in New Delhi when he topped the timesheets. The Briton was quick again in Q2, but in Q3 he had to settle for tenth place, albeit on the slower but more durable medium tyres. Afterwards he talked to reporters about his day and about his feelings on racing in India…

Q: How satisfied were you with your today’s qualifying?
Jenson Button:
The run on the option tyres in Q1 was very good, as I was fastest then, and also in Q2 running on the old tyre I think I was second. So that looked very promising. In Q3 then I was on the option tyre and just could not get any temperature into it. Already in the first sector I was half a second off other people on their primes. In general we said that we wanted to at least reach Q3, which we have done. To start with prime tyres might give us an advantage tomorrow at the beginning of the race, but I am sure that whoever we are able to overtake, we might see them again at some point of time during the race.

Q: It looks like Sebastian Vettel could wrap up the drivers’ championship here in India, but for the spectators it would have been more exciting to have this decided at the last race. How do you see this from a driver’s point of view?
JB:
I am driving a Formula One car, which is one of the most exciting things on earth, and I haven’t really thought about the drivers’ championship lately. This is the place where you give the maximum, no matter where you are on the grid. I love fighting with other drivers on the track. It only kicks in when you step out of the car and you see how far behind you are from the leader. We as a team are working flat out to do our best in getting the most out of our car and to put on a great show for everyone at the track and in front of the TV screens. For anyone to win four world titles is pretty special, well done. He has done a great job, as have his team that has delivered a great car. Let’s hope that the new regulations for next year help not only us, but also other teams to challenge Sebastian and Red Bull for the title.

Q: What is your favourite part of this circuit?
JB:
For sure the high-speed section. The middle section is pretty tough with turns five through nine, where it goes non-stop. In general I like the circuit as it has a real good flow, and I am sure also most of the other drivers like it. Of course, it is a shame that after only three years we will not come here next year, but let’s hope that there might be a chance to come back here again sometime.

Q: What do you think about India as a country?
JB:
It is a very exciting place and I love India, and I give tribute to Formula One for bringing us here, as for me it was the first time coming here with the race. It is very different to all the other countries that I have been to, and I’m very happy that I am not driving outside of the track myself (laughs). Once sitting in the car after landing in New Delhi I pretty much closed my eyes on the back seat. It is quite a surprise when you see a pushbike, a truck and a cow heading towards you on your lane with a tractor crossing!

Q: Next year we might see even more than one teenager on the grid; do you think that a driver that young is ready for Formula One?
JB:
If I compare it with myself coming to Formula One at the age of 20 in 2000, I can only say that I was nowhere near ready. Of course I had to take the opportunity, as I did not know if it would ever come up again. So you are in a very difficult position being that young, as basically you have to take that opportunity. When I think back, it was so very difficult for me from the point where I did not have a competitive car, as I was not really able to set it up. The truth is that you have to do so much work out of the car, before you can get in and drive or even think about racing it. You have several hundred people working around the car that will listen to you and your comments and that are depending on you to build and develop a competitive racing car. For me the best way for a young driver is to have a good career in lower formulas and spend time at a Formula One team to experience what a Formula One driver has to go through every racing weekend.

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