Button: Seventh the best we could do
22 September 2013 – McLaren driver Jenson Button has admitted that his seventh place finish in the Singapore Grand Prix was the best the team could have hoped for, asserting that a different strategy would not have produced a better outcome.
Button was one of a number of drivers who opted to pit under the safety car on lap 25, and rose to third when the leaders came in for their scheduled stops. A battle with Kimi Räikkönen late-on did nothing to help his heavily-worn rubber, and after courting a podium finish the closing stages saw the Brit tumble down the order. Despite this, the 2009 World Champion insisted that the initial risk was the right decision.
"We thought we might have a chance of a podium, but in the end we didn’t have the pace to keep us ahead of the closing cars," explained Button. "It was good fun trying though, and we have to take risks if we want to get podium finishes this year. We expected to spend most of the race on the Option tyre, so we’d set the car up for that. The Prime tyre didn’t work so well for me, and having to hold Kimi off for so long destroyed my rear tyres and made things very tricky. In the end, as I say, we simply didn’t have enough pace to stop him overtaking.
"It was a good try though, and a P7 finish isn’t too bad," he concluded. "We couldn’t have done any better with a different strategy, I’m certain of that, and I’m glad we got some good points for the team."
Sergio Pérez ended the day eighth in the sister McLaren, his haul helping the team to cement their lead over Force India in the Constructors’ Championship, which now stands at 15 points.