Button revels in 'mega' qualifying result

By on Saturday, July 2, 2016
McLaren Honda

McLaren Honda

McLaren-Honda driver Jenson Button says he and the team judged conditions to perfection as he secured a surprise third place on the grid for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Button progressed through to Q3 for the first time since 2014 and was one of the last drivers to switch from Intermediates to Ultra Soft tyres.

Button was therefore the last driver to complete a lap and he took advantage of drying conditions to set the fifth best time, which became third due to grid drops for Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel.

"We start from P3 tomorrow, which is mega," he said.

"It was an enjoyable session – I thought it was all over in Q2 after I locked up into Turn 3. It was spitting with rain at Turns 1 and 2, so I didn’t think it would affect me into Turn 3, but I ran wide and just stayed on.

"It’s going to be a tough day tomorrow: nobody really understands how the tyres are going to deliver, but starting from third means we’ll be in a good position.

"I always love those conditions and I was just trying to save it for the last lap. Luckily there was no yellow flags – I took a lot of risks but it all worked out today.

"For now, I’m just going to enjoy this moment."

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