Button takes blame for set-up error

By on Sunday, October 13, 2013
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Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Jenson Button has taken the blame for a late set-up change that left his McLaren difficult to drive during the opening stints of the race.

Button started the race from 10th place on the grid but struggled early on, coming in for his first stop on lap eight of the race.

"The first two stints of the race were pretty difficult as I had massive understeer," he said.

"That was my fault: on the lap-to-grid, it felt like I had too much front-end, so I took some wing out of the car. It was the wrong thing to do – it left me with too much understeer, and I kept locking up the fronts, which destroyed the front tyres."

Button was nonetheless able to make minor changes to the MP4-28 and recovered to finish in ninth place.

"For the third set, we added some front-wing, and the balance came back to me."

"In the end, the car was really good to drive – especially my final stint on the Option tyre, which was a lot of fun, especially as I was able to chase down and pass a couple of other cars."

"In the closing laps, I made a great move on Paul [di Resta] around the outside of the chicane. I made the same move on Felipe [Massa] too, but he forced me over the kerb, so I ended up getting him on the straight."

"So it was an enjoyable end to the race, but a disappointing beginning."

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