McLaren duo remain confident for race
8 June 2013 – McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Pérez remain hopeful of adding significant points to their respective tallies during the Canadian Grand Prix, despite being unable to make it through the second phase of qualifying in Montreal on Saturday afternoon.
With Felipe Massa causing a red flag just two minutes before the end of Q2, drivers were left with a scramble for track position at the restart. For Button, the session was over when he misjudged his run to the line and failed to complete a final timed lap.
"Today’s qualifying was one of those sessions where it either all falls into place for you – or it doesn’t," said Button, who starts from 14th position. "We were just out of luck this afternoon. We encountered yellow flags, a red flag; and, when the session restarted, I crossed the line about half a second too late to start my final flying lap."
The Briton added: "We weren’t as competitive as we thought we’d be, and 14th obviously isn’t the place where I want to start, but the good news is that you can overtake around here. A race in mixed conditions tomorrow would be good for us."
Pérez, who qualified 12th, reckons his car had the pace to make Q3 if the session was uninterrupted, with the Mexican confident of recovering positions on Sunday.
"That was a very tricky session – it was difficult to make the most of things, and, in the end, luck just wasn’t with us," said Pérez. "The red flag at the end of Q2 affected me just as I was about to set a good time. Then, with only two minutes remaining, I didn’t get a run without traffic – as a result, I couldn’t get my tyres up to temperature.
"The fact that some of the others managed to improve was frustrating, but that’s racing; sometimes you get it right, and sometimes you get it wrong. It’s a shame, because I think we had the pace to get into Q3 today. Our focus is on the race, and I think we can still score good points tomorrow. It’s not over."