Button takes blame for first lap collision
4 November 2013 – Jenson Button has taken the blame for his first lap clash with Paul di Resta in Abu Dhabi, an incident which forced the McLaren driver into an early front wing change.
The McLaren driver, who lined up 12th, clipped his Force India rival at Turn 1, forcing an unscheduled pit-stop and dropping the Briton to the back of the field. His strategy was thus out of sync, and he could only return to his starting position by the finish.
"You make your own luck when you start down in 12th – where first-lap congestion is inevitable – and, sure enough, there was a little bit of argy-bargy into Turn 1," said Button after the race. "I duly locked-up both my front tyres, couldn't slow the car down sufficiently, and drove into the back of Paul, which broke my front-wing end-plate.
"It's a real pity to keep on having first-lap incidents, especially as the car is working well. It's been similar for the past two races, and things haven't really gone my way."
Button drew positives, however, from his overall performance, having pulled off a series of passes during a mammoth 44-lap stint on the Medium compound tyre.
"I managed 44 laps on the Prime – and, in terms of getting the most out of what we had, that felt positive," Button went on to explain. "All in all, given how far behind we were after Lap 2, to finish so close to 10th by the chequered flag wasn't so bad."
Di Resta went on to record his second successive points finish in sixth position.