Button: I couldn't go any quicker
12 October 2013 – Jenson Button says 10th was the most McLaren could have hoped for in Saturday's qualifying session at the Suzuka circuit, admitting he "couldn't have gone any quicker".
In an ultra-close final shootout, during which the top ten drivers were covered by less than a second, Button ultimately had to settle for the fifth row of the grid, but the Briton remains optimistic of taking home "a decent haul of points" tomorrow afternoon.
"I couldn't have gone any quicker," explained Button after qualifying. "I did three laps in Q2 and Q3 that were almost identical, so I think P10 was as good as our car could get today. There wasn't any more time left out on the track, but it was fun trying to find it!
"Looking forward to the Grand Prix, I think it's going to be a different sort of race to those we've experienced recently, as tyre degradation is more reasonable here. Hopefully we'll be able to make progress and bag a decent haul of points."
In the sister McLaren, Sergio Pérez was eliminated from Q2 and will start 11th.