Button blames balance issues after Q2 exit

By on Saturday, July 27, 2013
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Jenson Button pointed to balance issues after failing to progress from Q2 at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Button set the thirteenth fastest time at the Hungaroring.

"When we run fresh rubber, I can’t get enough front-end in the car – we’re maxed out – so I’m struggling. In a way, that’s a positive – because it means we’ve introduced downforce to the rear of the car," he said

"And hopefully that situation will change for the race, when you can play around with things in the cockpit a little more, and there’s generally less rear grip for everyone. I’m a little disappointed as I’d hoped for a bit more here. I think that’s because it’s been difficult to balance the car – but, hopefully, we’ll show a little bit more pace in the race."

"I’m sure we can still have fun tomorrow."

Team-mate Sergio Perez bounced back from a crash in final practice to record the ninth fastest time.

"At the beginning of Q1, I still felt a little bit uncomfortable with the car, which is why I only just made it through to Q2," he said. "However, my Q2 lap was quite good – we’d made a lot of changes to the car overnight – so I’m hopeful that we may have a better car for the race than we’ve had for some time.

"Given our pace – we knew we weren’t going to qualify in the top five – we opted to run the Prime in Q3. That tyre choice ought to give us a better strategy for the race tomorrow. We’ll be the first car starting on Primes, so I think we’re in a reasonable position for tomorrow."

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