Button pins Q2 exit on lock-up

By on Saturday, September 20, 2014
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McLaren driver Jenson Button copped the blame for being knocked out of qualifying during the second segment, although reckons his mistake did not cost him too many positions.

Button locked up on his flying lap in Q2 and ended the session in 11th position, but with team-mate Kevin Magnussen ending in ninth place, the Brit did not feel much more progress was possible.

"Not making the cut into Q3 is disappointing, especially considering the strong progress we’d made during Q1," he said.

"On my final, critical run in Q2, I lost quite a lot of time at the hairpin – I locked up the fronts and ran wide – and I dropped a couple of tenths. After that it was always going to be very close – but, even if I’d got through to the top 10, I think it would have been difficult to make much further progress up the Q3 order.

"To explain things further, during Q1 I’d already dialled the front wing settings up to their maximum, and, as the circuit gripped-up into Q2, I struggled because I didn’t have enough front-end [grip]. I did everything I could to compensate, by using the differential and engine braking, but it wasn’t quite enough."

Magnussen is pinning his hopes on a race of attrition in order to collect a good haul of points.

"I don’t think there was much more I could have done: we’re not quick enough here, so hopefully tomorrow there’ll be some well-timed Safety Cars and a couple of opportune retirements to help us move up the order," he said.

"We’ll do our best tomorrow, as usual, and I’ll be pushing as hard as I can. I’m a racer – so, if I see an opportunity to move forward by taking a few chances, then why not? We don’t have much to lose, so we might as well try to maximise what’s available to us. I’ll be doing everything I can in the race – nothing less. Hopefully, we’ll get some useful points."

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