Button not expecting easy race despite grid
8 September 2012 – Jenson Button was keeping his feet firmly on the ground following Saturday’s qualifying session at Monza. Although he and Lewis Hamilton have locked out the grid for McLaren, a number of teams and drivers have threatened for the top spot since Friday.
No less than six cars are powered by Mercedes, although Nico Hülkenberg’s Force India now starts at the back because of a gearbox problem in Q1. Fernando Alonso will be tenth on the grid, due to a broken anti roll-bar, but Button is still staying on alert.
“First of all, for us both to be on the front row is fantastic for the team,” Button, who has never been on pole or won at Monza, said after qualifying. “The last few races have really shown our strength and both qualifying on the front row is great.
“We’ll start thinking about tomorrow in a little while. Even being on the front row, it’s not going to be an easy race here, but it’s still the best place to be.”
The race pace of Red Bull also remains to be seen. Although the blue cars are struggling for single lap speed, their Sunday capabilities have often been greater.