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Jenson Button Q&A: Qualifying a lost opportunity 25 May 2013

Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Saturday, 25 May 2013 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Saturday, 25 May 2013 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Saturday, 25 May 2013

P9 on the grid is not the ideal starting position in Monaco. Jenson Button had been hoping for much better after what had been a promising weekend so far for McLaren. Then technical gremlins struck his MP4-28 at just the wrong time in Q3. Button knows he now has a lot of work to do on Sunday…

Q: Jenson, after a rather dull morning session how satisfied can you be with your grid position?
Jenson Button:
Well, I think we did a good job getting out with the right tyres at the right time. The pace was good and the car felt good to drive - but there is still something missing.

Q: The conditions were quite difficult, starting out wet and then drying up, and gambling on when to go out with what set of tyres…
JB:
Actually they were perfect conditions for us and I was in the top five or better. Then we put the new tyres on and suddenly had a problem with the engine - probably I picked up something - and from one moment to the other had no power and couldn’t do a lap again.

Q: There is still the race and things can fall more your way, even if overtaking is not the easiest here. What are our hopes?
JB:
Ha, I haven’t thought about it yet. Being in P5 or P9 is a massive difference here and if you want to run your own strategy you can’t if your team mate is in front of you. So it is going to be a tough afternoon tomorrow. Imagine - we’ve done everything right so far this weekend, we have made all the right calls. On Thursday we realized that the car was doing better than expected, then with the conditions today we looked pretty competitive, and then you have an issue in Q3. Not easy at the moment. It was definitely a lost opportunity today.

Q: When you saw the rain coming down, was that the moment when you thought that this could be your afternoon?
JB:
In fact rain is never great in Monaco because it is all so narrow and if it’s getting slippery you may well end up in the wall. But the car was working fantastic, so of course there were hopes that this could be our day. Gosh, it will be a boring race for me tomorrow.

Q: How brave do you have to be running here in the wet and getting so close to the wall?
JB:
Well, it’s always an adventure driving here - especially in the wet - but after a couple of laps you are getting used to it and, as I just said, with these mixed conditions they could have been our chance. It was really a shame that the issue happened in Q3.

Q: So what will you do to overcome your disappointment?
JB:
Probably I will drink a couple of beers and go to bed early.

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