Button, Perez support FIA decision to delay qualifying

By on Saturday, March 16, 2013

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McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Perez believe that the FIA had no choice but to postpone qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.

Heavy showers meant that Q1 was delayed by half an hour while Q2 was postponed until Sunday.

"I believe the FIA had no choice. It was the right call to postpone Q2 and Q3 until tomorrow, for safety reasons," said Button

"I think the FIA stewards made the right call to postpone Q2 and Q3. The conditions were becoming too dangerous – in terms of low visibility as well as low grip," added Perez.

Button also revealed that qualifying on Sunday morning means he'll be able to keep one of his traditions in tact.

"Deferring the completion of qualifying until Sunday morning means that I won’t now be able to go for coffee on the beach, which is my traditional pre-race routine here in Melbourne," he said.

"But, you know, maybe that’s not such a bad thing, because it means I’ll be able to keep my Sunday morning Melbourne coffee as a lucky charm, since I don’t think we’ll be quick enough to win here tomorrow, so my coffee-then-win record here will remain intact."

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