Button not disheartened by incorrect tyre call

Button not disheartened by incorrect tyre call

29 March 2014 – McLaren driver Jenson Button says he has no regrets over an incorrect tyre call which left him rounding out the top 10 during qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Button opted to qualify on Intermediate tyres during Q3 while his rivals used Wet tyres to set faster times.

"The decision to run on Intermediates in Q3 was my choice," he said. "I usually make those kinds of calls – and tend to get them right – but I got it wrong today.

"When you’re quick enough to be fastest on Full Wets, then choosing to run on Intermediates isn’t worth the gamble; but, when you’re fighting at the back of the top 10, it’s worth giving it a go to see what happens. And into that final qualifying session, just as it looked as though the conditions were heading back towards favouring the Intermediates, it went and rained again.

Button does not believe that the incorrect decision cost him too many places on the grid.

"Funnily enough, though, I’m not too disappointed that I made the wrong call," he said. "We might have qualified only a couple of places higher if we’d called it differently, and that’s not what we’re aiming for – so it was worth a gamble.

"Besides, if it’s wet tomorrow, it’ll be tough for everyone – the tyres give us no grip in these conditions, since all the cars are obviously running lower downforce than last year.

"No-one knows what’ll happen tomorrow – but one thing everyone knows is that, if it rains, it’ll be tricky."

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