Button sure top 10 berth was possible

By on Saturday, June 21, 2014
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Jenson Button believes that he could have made it into the top 10 shootout at the Red Bull Ring, had he not encountered traffic during the final moments of Q2.

Button, whose final practice session was truncated due to brake issues, came across Romain Grosjean and lost out by a tenth-and-a-half. He will start from 11th on the grid.

"I think I could’ve made it into the top 10 if my last run in Q2 had worked out: I was about seven seconds behind Romain’s Lotus, which locked up and run wide at the first three corners," he said.

"While he eventually pulled over and let me pass, it lost me a bit of time.

Button is hopeful that the positioning of the DRS zones - on the pit straight and between turns two and three - will aid the quality of the racing.

"You never know what overtaking will be like in the race," he said.

"But, being outside the top 10, we can run new tyres at the start of the race, and we can play with the strategy. The DRS zones look interesting, too; not having one at the exit of Turn One looks like it’ll make racing more fun – now, you’ll have to make a move to overtake rather than just passing along the straights, which is what it should be about."

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