Jenson Button’s instinct when it comes to choosing the right tyres failed him during qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix today.
After ending up in eight place on the starting grid, the reigning world champion blames his poor performance on his bad choice of tyres and rival driver Felipe Massa in the Ferrari.
The Brit racer admitted he should have run on harder tyres not the much softer alternative for the final top-ten shoot-out Q3 when, early in the session, he was blocked by Brazilian Massa on a fast lap.
Frustrated Button said: “I had so much space and I don’t know what he (Massa) was thinking.
“There are only 10 cars out there in Q3, so it should be easy to keep out of the way of cars coming round, but he obviously wasn’t looking in his mirrors – and it was right at the end of a timed lap as well.
“It was my first timed lap of the session. Very annoying. I don’t know what the lap time would have been, but very annoying that he got in the way because it was blatantly slowing me down.”
Asked about his tyres choice, he said: “The car in Q1 felt pretty good on the harder tyres, but we didn’t run them in Q3 – so I think that was a little bit of a shame really.
“I think maybe that was a better option. We ran on the softer tyre like everyone else and I struggled on it – we had a lot of movement in high speed at the rear and a lot of under-steer at low-speed apex.”
Meanwhile, his McLaren team mate Lewis Hamilton had a much better time and is starting in fifth place.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team