|#22 Jenson Button
FP3: 8th 1m38.260s (+1.857s) 14 laps
Q1: 13th 1m38.332s (on Options)
Q2: 12th overall 1m37.701s (on Options)
“We were so close to getting into Q3 today – we had a good shot at it but ended up a tenth off.
“In fact, it was so close that we were just two tenths off eighth position in Q2 – and despite the balance not being quite there. I think both Fernando and I struggled with the handling – the car was understeering, which is difficult to resolve. There’s a tipping point at which, when you dial in more front-wing, the balance suddenly shifts from under- to oversteer – so we were being cautious in qualifying.
“Tomorrow won’t be the easiest race for us – the lap is 71 per cent full-throttle – but Turn Two is always tricky here, so my aim will be to stay out of trouble, pick up some places and then see what happens.
“I still think a one-stop strategy will prove tricky for most people tomorrow, so that should also make things interesting.”