Button blames Raikkonen after failing to make Q3

By on Saturday, October 5, 2013
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Jenson Button has blamed Kimi Raikkonen after failing to progress through to Q3 during qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix.

Button set the twelfth fastest time but believes that he could have set a time good enough to make the top 10 shootout.

"On my fastest lap, I lost a tenth and a half behind Kimi in Turns 11 and 12," he said.

"It’s quite frustrating: they’re pretty quick corners, and, when you’re that close to the car in front, it damages your lap. It’s difficult – because most of those corners are blind – but we’ve all got radios, so we should all know where other drivers are."

"It’s a pity: without that delay, I’m pretty sure I would’ve qualified inside the top 10."

Button is nonetheless optimistic about McLaren's prospects of scoring points in the race.

"Still, there are positives for tomorrow – we’ve got new tyres for the race; Turns One, Three and Four are always very interesting on the first lap; and we’ve got interesting straightline-speed compared to our rivals – both in terms of ratios and downforce levels – so the first couple of laps should be really interesting for us."

"Hopefully, we can go forwards tomorrow."

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