Button hoping for dry race day
23 August 2014 – Jenson Button hopes that the Belgian Grand Prix will be a dry affair, after experiencing treacherous weather conditions in qualifying.
Current forecasts predict that rain will stay away for the duration of Sunday afternoon's race, with only a risk of early evening showers.
Button starts from 10th on the grid after a mistake on his final Q3 lap.
"I'd prefer it if it were dry tomorrow. The wet is always a real mess here, especially at Eau Rouge," the McLaren driver explained. "After the first lap it always gets pretty horrible if it's wet. It'll be a better race if it's dry."
Button said he could have been further up the grid had it not been for a mistake at Les Combes.
"My first run in Q3 was pretty good. But during my second run, on new Intermediates and in the slightly drier conditions, I locked up at the top of the hill – and, as soon as you lock up, that's it really," Button explained.
"I went straight on, and that was the end of my lap. I tried to continue, but I was 1.5 seconds down, so I was never going to get that back. It should have been the run that got me the lap time I wanted, but it wasn't to be."
Button's team-mate, Kevin Magnussen, enjoyed a smoother final shootout to claim seventh on the grid.
"I nailed a strong lap and had a good feeling in the car," the rookie said of his fastest qualifying effort.
"OK, seventh might not be a fantastic result, but it's not a bad position from which to start the race."