Jenson Button believes that he extracted the maximum from his McLaren MP4-28 during qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix.
Button progressed through to Q3 but could only set the 10th fastest time.
“In Q3 at Suzuka you want to go out and have fun – which is exactly what I did,” he said.
“I couldn’t have gone any quicker. I did three laps in Q2 and Q3 that were almost identical, so I think P10 was as good as our car could get here today. There wasn’t any more time left out on the track, but it was fun trying to find it!”
“I think it’s going to be a different sort of race to those we’ve experienced recently, because the tyre degradation is more reasonable here than it’s been in previous races. Actually, I think both compounds are working well here.”
“I’m really looking forward to the race, and hopefully we’ll be able to make progress and bag a decent haul of points. It’s going to be tough out there though – but that’s why we enjoy this sport.”
Sergio Perez narrowly missed out on making Q3 but reckons he can score points in the race.
“It was frustrating to miss out on Q3 by the smallest of margins,” said the Mexican, who will start from 11th place.
“It was extremely close: my first set of tyres in Q2 were the Options I’d run during Q1 when we’d aborted because of the red flag. That meant my reference for my second Q2 run wasn’t ideal as I didn’t really know where the track was going. Obviously, yesterday we missed out on some useful track time owing to the accident, so this morning was spent trying to recover that time, changing set-up and learning about the track.”
“To miss out by just over tenth wasn’t ideal but, on the other hand, I think we’re in a good position to score points tomorrow.”