Button hoping to exploit strategy

By on Saturday, November 1, 2014
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Jenson Button says he will have to exploit his strategy if he is to make progress during the United States Grand Prix on Sunday.

Button qualified in seventh position but will drop to 12th due to an unscheduled gearbox change.

"It was so close between Kevin [Magnussen] and myself on every run this afternoon," he said.

"My fastest lap wasn’t amazing – it’s quite difficult to string a lap together around here, because you struggle with the inconsistencies caused by moderate grip, high winds and low ambient temperatures.

"It’s frustrating to have qualified on the clean side of the grid, but be forced onto the dirty side by a penalty. That makes things trickier, but this race looks like it’ll probably be at least a two-stopper, maybe even a three-stopper, which opens up more strategy options for us and gives us more of an opportunity to make up positions."

Magnussen was eighth fastest but will move up a position as a result of Button's penalty.

"Qualifying seventh and eighth isn’t particularly satisfying for anyone, but it’s pretty much where we are with our car right now," admitted the Dane. Jenson and I were pretty evenly matched all afternoon, so I think it’s pretty safe to say we got the maximum out of the car.

"I think tomorrow’s race will be a two- or even three-stopper for most people, so we should hopefully be able to mix things up a little with our strategy. That’s usually a good way to make forward progress, and I think scoring some useful points should certainly be possible."

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