Button regrets decision to run in Q3
7 September 2013 – Jenson Button says he regrets breaking out a fresh set of tyres during the third and final qualifying phase at Monza on Saturday, having only qualified ninth fastest.
The McLaren driver, who was edged out by team-mate Sergio Pérez, reckons staying put and accepting tenth place would have yielded benefits for the race, including the availability of additional preserved tyres and a free choice over starting rubber.
"I didn’t really expect more from the car this afternoon, to be honest, and we showed just what it could do," Button explained. "It’s a little bit of a pity, though, because, if we hadn’t run at all in Q3, our Options would have been a little more open for the race.
"However, sitting out the final session isn’t really what any of us are here to do. It is what it is, and we’ll do our best tomorrow. The good thing is that I’m on the clean side of the grid, which might be an advantage as it’s usually chaotic into the first corner."
He added of the potential for rain showers on Sunday: "The weather forecast looks a bit changeable, too, and things could get very interesting if it rains during the race."
McLaren holds a four-point advantage over Force India ahead of Sunday's race.