Problems with his tyres left frustrated Jenson Button back in fifth place on the grid for tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix.
The McLaren driver said: “I struggled with just getting a whole lap, I couldn’t get a whole lap with the tyres – they were either not warm enough at the start of the lap or they were overheating at the end.
“I was really struggling with it. In Q3, the last run, it was much better but it was a little bit too late really because the car felt very different so I was playing around with the diff and the front wing but it was all a little bit too late.”
However, he still qualified ahead of his team mate Lewis Hamilton for a third straight race and remains confident that he will be in a stronger situation in the race, whatever the weather.
“If we can work with it a little bit more for tomorrow we’ll be okay,” Button said. “It’s probably going to rain but I think the car set-up that we have on the car is probably good for the wet conditions.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team