Button: It hurt to run Medium tyres
26 October 2013 – Jenson Button says it "hurt" to use the Medium tyre during the final phase of qualifying in India, having featured at the front of the field in Q1 and Q2 on the Option compound.
The McLaren driver, who ultimately finished 10th behind team-mate Sergio Pérez, admits that the decision should be of significant benefit during Sunday afternoon's race, but was eager to see what could have been possible in an all-out attempt.
"Running the Prime in Q3 was probably the best strategy call for the race. Of course, that hurt, because my heart was telling me that I ought to be on the Option," he said.
"Our runs on the Option looked really good – I was quickest in Q1 – but the Prime tyre didn't work as well. I found it more difficult because I couldn't get any temperature into the tyre, so I was about half a second off in the first sector on my run in Q3.
"Still, running the Prime was probably the right thing to do, and I'm sure it’s the best tyre for tomorrow. I’m looking forward to an exciting, eventful and unpredictable race."
Pérez, who was 0.334 seconds faster than Button, added: "Clearly, we're on a different strategy to most of the other cars, so it'll be very interesting to see what we can do on the Prime. We'll be looking to take advantage if the Option-runners pit in the early laps.
"Our long-runs look pretty strong so, with a good strategy, I think we can do well."