Button critical of Hülkenberg start conduct

Button critical of Hülkenberg start conduct

22 June 2014 – Jenson Button expressed his frustration with Nico Hülkenberg after the German edged him wide on the opening lap of an Austrian Grand Prix in which the McLaren driver finished outside the top 10.

Button, who lined up 11th, lost ground when he was forced onto the 'sausage kerb' at the exit of the first corner, and ultimately failed to improve on his starting position.

"I'd hoped we could make up some places today, but it's never easy to overtake around here," he said. "We went for a different strategy – starting on Primes – but it didn't really work for us.

"At the start, Nico pushed me wide at the exit of Turn 1 – there was no real need for that as there was enough room for both of us – so I lost a couple of places.

"From then on, my race was all about sitting in the train, waiting for people ahead of me to pit, and trying to make my strategy work – which in the end I couldn't. It was a long afternoon's work for 11th place."

McLaren team-mate Kevin Magnussen finished the race in seventh place and feels that he maximised the potential of the MP4-29.

"I really thought we were going to finish sixth today, but Sergio [Pérez] just had too much pace at the end of the race," he said, after losing out to the Mexican during the closing stages.

"That wasn't great, but it's positive that we're making improvements. We've made progress this weekend, but we still need to keep pushing: we still need to find good, efficient downforce.

"Still, I think we got everything out of our package this weekend. It's tough racing in the midfield pack, like we did today, but we're going to get there."

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