Button blames Grosjean for Q2 exit
21 June 2014 – Jenson Button has blamed Romain Grosjean for his elimination from the second phase of qualifying at the Red Bull Ring.
The McLaren driver was lapping directly behind the Lotus on his final timed attempt, claiming that he lost time attempting to clear it.
He ultimately ended the session in 11th position, while team-mate Kevin Magnussen progressed to Q3 and took sixth on the grid.
"I think I could've made it into the top 10 if my last run in Q2 had worked out: I was about seven seconds behind Romain's [Grosjean] Lotus, which locked up and run wide at the first three corners," Button commented.
"While he eventually pulled over and let me pass, it lost me a bit of time."
Button is hopeful of making up lost ground in the race, explaining: "You never know what overtaking will be like, but as we are outside the top 10, we can run new tyres at the start, and we can play with the strategy.
"The DRS zones look interesting, too. Not having one out of Turn 1 looks like it'll make racing more fun – now, you'll have to make a move to overtake rather than passing on the straights, which is what it should be about."
Magnussen enjoyed a much more positive session, but reckons more was possible had it not been for an error.
"If everything had been perfect today, I think we could have been in the top five," said the Dane. "I made a tiny mistake at the final corner on my final lap in Q3, but, even so, I'm happy enough with how things went.
"I think the whole team can feel satisfied, too: we're definitely making progress, so we just need to keep it up."