Button hopes to exploit saved Option tyres
10 May 2014 – Jenson Button is hoping to exploit the set of fresh Option tyres he saved during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.
While his rivals used Medium tyres from the beginning of Q2, Button was the only driver to spend an additional phase on Pirelli's harder rubber.
The Briton ultimately qualified in eighth position, admitting that little more was possible.
"We probably could've found a little more time within the set-up but it probably wasn't going to be enough to make much of a difference," said Button.
"There's going to be lots of sliding in the race tomorrow. We've done a pretty good job in that we've saved a set of Options for the race – I'm not yet sure what strategy we'll adopt, but it's good to have some leeway on strategy.
"We've definitely shown signs of improvement this weekend, although we're still not yet where we want to be."
In the sister McLaren, Kevin Magnussen qualified 15th after an engine issue curtailed his running in Q2.