Button says yellow flags cost him time

By on Saturday, March 15, 2014
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Jenson Button believes that having to slow for yellow flags cost him a potential slot in Q3 for the Australian Grand Prix.

Button set the 11th fastest time after adhering to yellow flags, which were out after Kimi Raikkonen crashed his Ferrari at turn four.

"The rain this afternoon was initially good for me – I got the tyres in pretty good shape for my lap, and I was pleased with my first run in Q2," he said.

"The car felt pretty good, too – I was quickest when I did my lap, and I was in the top 10 until the end. But, unfortunately, I didn’t get my final run on new tyres in because I was caught out by the yellow flags in Turn Three.

"In the wet conditions, I think we had a very good chance of qualifying closer to the front, because our car isn’t quite so quick in the dry. Not getting into the top 10 was sheer bad luck – but, hopefully, I won’t be so unlucky tomorrow.

"I love this place, the car is working well, and, but for the yellow flags, we could have qualified much better than we did."

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