Button questions tyre pressures in Q2
11 May 2013 – Jenson Button believes incorrect tyre pressures played a role in his elimination from the second phase of qualifying at the Circuit de Catalunya, with the McLaren driver feeling that the levels were slightly too high as he battled for a place in Q3.
Ultimately ending up in 14th position, while team-mate Sergio Pérez progressed and claimed ninth on the grid, Button admitted he was slightly confused by the situation.
"The car felt OK in Q1, but, in Q2, I couldn’t find the grip for my final run," Button told reporters in the Barcelona paddock. "It felt as though the tyre pressures may have been too high, but to be honest we’re not yet quite sure exactly what happened.
"So, tomorrow, from 14th on the grid, whatever we do will be difficult. It’ll be a tricky afternoon, but we’ll definitely do our best to make the best of it."
Pérez added: "I had problems throughout practice – so to get through to Q3 was a great result, and something we really weren’t expecting. I’m very pleased because I got absolutely everything out of the car. So we’ll go into the race tomorrow looking to maximise our potential. If we can manage that, I think we should be satisfied."