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Neither of the McLaren drivers failed to make it into the top-ten shootout for the Korean Grand Prix on Saturday with Jenson Button reasoning that he lost his chance because of Kimi Raikkonen.
The British driver qualified 12th - behind teammate Sergio Perez - although he will start the race from one place higher owing to Mark Webber’s penalty, but that was hardly any consolation.
“On my fastest lap, I lost a tenth and a half behind Kimi in Turns 11 and 12,” said Button, who missed the Q3 cut by just 0.038 seconds. “It’s quite frustrating: they’re pretty quick corners, and, when you’re that close to the car in front, it damages your lap.
“It’s difficult - because most of those corners are blind - but we’ve all got radios, so we should all know where other drivers are,” he explained referring to his plight behind the Lotus driver on the track. “It’s a pity - without that delay, I’m pretty sure I would’ve qualified inside the top ten.”
Raikkonen moved on to Q3 and qualified tenth (pushed up to ninth on the grid) and will start the Grand Prix on the tyres he qualified with, giving the McLaren drivers behind him some advantage.
“There are positives - we’ve got new tyres for the race; Turns 1, 3and 4 are always very interesting on the first lap; and we’ve got interesting straightline-speed compared to our rivals - both in terms of ratios and downforce levels - so the first couple of laps should be really interesting for us,” Button said.