Button not ruling out McLaren podium shot
5 April 2014 – Jenson Button says he is not ruling out finishing on the podium in the Bahrain Grand Prix after qualifying in sixth place for Sunday's race.
Button finished in third place in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix but could manage only sixth place in Malaysia a week ago.
Button admits that while McLaen can challenge for a podium, achieving a top three finish will be a difficult proposition for the team.
"Although we haven’t qualified where we’d ideally like to have done, as a team I reckon we’ve done a more or less perfect job so far this weekend," he said. "It was very tight out there, we did all we could, and we ended up very close to P4; all you can do is get the best out of the car, and that’s what we did here today.
"The four fly-away races are all about picking up points as and when you can. We’ve done that pretty well the first two races, and we’ve got to continue doing that. We’re not the quickest, so we’ve got to make the best of what we have and what we are.
"A podium finish tomorrow would be great, but it’ll be very difficult because the first two places are already fully booked as long as the two Mercedes cars are reliable. But let’s be positive: we’ve got a fighting chance of making up places tomorrow, and third place is only three spots better than where we’ll be starting from [sixth]."
Team-mate Kevin Magnussen will start from eighth place on the grid and reckons that McLaren will be firmly in the hunt for points.
"We’d hoped that the cool temperatures would confer more of an advantage to us, and help us a little bit more, but it didn’t work out that way," he said. "Having said that, Jenson did a very good job, and got a bit more out of the car than I did, and I think that’s probably the most anyone could have got out of it today.
"Our race pace might be better than our qualifying pace was, and we should hopefully be a bit more competitive tomorrow as a result of that. We should be in the thick of the fight for points. But, first of all, I need to make a clean start tomorrow. I don’t want any damage to the front wing at the first corner!