Fair to say Jenson Button was not a happy bunny following yesterday’s Turkish Grand Prix thanks to his teams tyres strategy.
The McLaren driver felt powerless to fend off his rivals with fresher tyres after his team opted to pit just three instead of four times.
As a result, even with his smooth and careful driving style, Button couldn’t preserve his tyres enough to finish higher.
“I think most people were probably on my strategy initially but because they damaged their tyres on the first stint they changed,” Button said. “We didn’t and we didn’t leave the stops late enough.”
The 2009 World Champion added: “The last stint was impossible, doing so many laps on the hard tyre.
“You try to get the best out of the car but you are not racing anyone around you because you are a sitting duck.”
Meanwhile, his team mate Lewis Hamilton stopped four times and finished two places higher up in fourth.
However, team boss Martin Whitmarsh argued that poor starts by both drivers also contributed to their disappointing results.
“We lost places at the start and then you have to be aggressive and that damages the tyres,” he said.
“Three stops, even for a driver like Jenson, was probably a stop too short.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team