Button rues pre-race front wing call
13 October 2013 – Jenson Button says a pre-race decision to reduce his front wing level left him with "massive understeer" during the first two stints of the Japanese Grand Prix.
The McLaren driver, who rectified the situation during the second pit-stop phase, ultimately recovered to claim the final point on offer, but feels more could have been possible if he had refrained from making a last-minute alteration to his car.
"The first two stints were pretty difficult as I had massive understeer," explained Button. "That was my fault: on the lap-to-grid, it felt like I had too much front-end, so I took some wing out of the car. It was the wrong thing to do – it left me with too much understeer, and I kept locking up the fronts, which destroyed the front tyres.
"For the third set, we added some front-wing, and the balance came back to me. In the end, the car was really good to drive – especially my final stint on the Option, which was a lot of fun, especially as I chased down and passed a couple of other cars."
Team-mate Sergio Pérez finished the Grand Prix one lap down in 15th position.