Button puzzled by lack of pace in qualifying

By Ubaid Parkar, 4 November 2012
AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

Jenson Button had high expectations in qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Saturday and as a result couldn’t explain why he qualified in sixth place, with a wide gap to the pole position time.

McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton clinched pole while Button was nearly seven-tenths off the pace with the 2009 world champion comprehensively beaten by Hamilton in all the three legs of qualifying, mystifying the driver.

“I shouldn’t really be starting this far back. All weekend, I’ve been pretty happy with the car, but, for some reason, we just couldn’t find the pace in qualifying - and we don’t know why,” Button said.

“Obviously, our car is very quick around here - Lewis put it on pole by quite a margin - so there’s some more time to find,” he pointed out.

Elevated to fifth after Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification, Button will be hoping to make the most of the two DRS zones, in hope of overtaking his competitors.

“Also, our race pace has looked good all weekend, so I’m still feeling optimistic,” he added.

 

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