Button blames Räikkönen for Q2 exit
5 October 2013 – Jenson Button reckons Lotus rival Kimi Räikkönen cost him a chance of reaching the final phase of qualifying at the Korea International Circuit on Saturday afternoon.
The McLaren driver, who ultimately finished 12th, had let the Finn gain track position ahead of their final Q2 runs but later caught his car, a situation he feels cost him around one and a half tenths, with the gap to the shootout sitting at 0.038 seconds.
"On my fastest lap, I lost a tenth and a half behind Kimi in Turns 11 and 12," said Button. "It's quite frustrating: they're pretty quick corners, and, when you're that close to the car in front, it damages your lap. It's difficult – because most of those corners are blind – but we've all got radios, so we should all know where other drivers are.
"It’s a pity: without that delay, I'm pretty sure I would've qualified inside the top 10."
The Briton is remaining upbeat ahead of tomorrow's Grand Prix, however, explaining: "There are positives – we've got new tyres for the race; Turns 1, Three and Four are always very interesting on the first lap; and we've got interesting straightline-speed compared to our rivals so the first couple of laps should be really interesting for us."
Sergio Pérez edged ahead of Button in the sister McLaren to claim 11th on the grid.