Jenson Button was in a jubilant mood after setting the fifth fastest time in third qualifying, landing him a net third grid position for the race on Sunday. Button, who usually thrives driving in changeable conditions, especially enjoyed the final part of qualifying.
“It was really tough and on the inter[mediate] tyre it was a lot of fun, you know you’ve got the grip there even if you touch a bit of water,” he told Sky.
Once the track dried out and the field had taken on dry tyres, the challenge for all the drivers was to search for the grip, which was changing every lap.
“The biggest problem was, because it dried so fast, the steam. You couldn’t see the asphalt so you didn’t know how dry it was.”
“I took a lot of risks to just put everything on the last lap, if there was a yellow flag it would have messed everything up”
Button out qualified team mate Fernando Alonso for only the second time this year and managed to progress to the final part of qualifying for the first this season.
“Amazing, we start the race P3 tomorrow. That’s a bit of luck, I’ll take it. I feel we haven’t had much this year”
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16 comments on “Button “chuffed” with third in qualifying”
2nd July 2016, 15:12
I hope for changeable conditions tomorrow , this World bei so much fun!
2nd July 2016, 15:39
Button was 5th in qualy. He’s 3rd for the final grid. :)
2nd July 2016, 15:59
I really hope he can convert it to some good points. He’s the nicest guy on the track and an outstanding driver but currently in an outclassed car.
2nd July 2016, 16:36
Simeon Simeonoff (@simeonoff)
2nd July 2016, 16:49
I was the nicest guy in my high school class. Didn’t do much for me. I will be happy to see Button happy, though :)
2nd July 2016, 20:04
Couldn’t agree more mate!
bull mello (@bullmello)
2nd July 2016, 16:53
Well done by Button!
2nd July 2016, 19:00
Button is outclassing Alonso at the mo, he is driving easily well enough to win races. He should be on the grid next year in a good car.
2nd July 2016, 20:44
Completely agree. Even at 36, he is still too good a driver to let go I feel.
2nd July 2016, 21:42
“At the mo” jenson has beaten Fernando 2 saturday (1 beening today with the tyre mistake and Jenson sending the yellow flag that killed Fernando’s last chance) out of 8, and if I remember correctly, he has been unable to beat Fernando on a Sunday unless Fernando has had some problem.
3rd July 2016, 8:52
A typicall Alonso fan response. When Alonso is infront, Button is bad, when Button is better than Alonso than Alonso had problems…Sorry, but in changing conditions Button is miles ahead of Alonso. That is a fact.
3rd July 2016, 9:13
Whatever your opinion there is absolutely no place for a comment like this- “A typicall Alonso fan response”. Keep it civil or get off this site immediately, once and for all.
3rd July 2016, 11:03
Championship points :
Alonso – 18
Button – 5
Stephen Crowsen (@drycrust)
3rd July 2016, 6:27
I am very pleased. I hope he is able to convert this into good points at the end of the race. Its looking more and more like this Honda engine has reliability and competitive power.
3rd July 2016, 10:08
Congrats, JB! Just follow your teammate, er… former teammate onto the podium.
3rd July 2016, 11:06
Unless its raining he’ll be going backwards…..fast.
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