Date:Monday April 16 2012
Jenson Button probably came away from the Chinese Grand Prix just as satisfied as eventual race winner Nico Rosberg.
Not that he would admit it.
While McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton was dialled in and on the pace throughout the entire weekend, Jenson Button struggled throughout practice with steering issues.
The pace for the McLaren was clearly there, but in practice and in part to the colder than expected track and air temperatures in China, Button struggled.
In Free Practice 1, Button was eight a whopping 2.093 seconds behind the pace of Hamilton. Of course both drivers are concentrating on various set-ups during practice, but it wouldn't have been the start Button was looking for.
In FP2 Button was 0.738 off the pace of Schumacher and still over 0.5 second behind Hamilton.
On Saturday, Button finally closed the gap on Hamilton, he was still slower than his team-mate, but he was second on the time-sheets and McLaren went into qualifying, hopeful they could once again lock out the front row, of course only temporarily due to Hamilton's gear box penalty.
But it wasn't to be as Hamilton was beaten to pole position by the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg, while Button was also behind the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen, the Sauber of Kamui Kobayashi and the other Mercedes of Michael Schumacher.
Once again Button confessed that he was struggling with the cooler temperatures.
ďIn Q1, we went out on the softer tyre and put a lap on it when most of the other teams didnít. In Q2, I felt I had too much understeer, so we made a few adjustments for Q3. However, I could feel the temperature dropping in that final session: I think we just went out a little too late. Of course, thatís a little bit disappointing, but our race pace seems to be very good. Itís going to be tricky to get heat into the front tyres if itís cold' Button told formula1.com after qualifying.
But if qualifying was poor by Button's standards it was all forgotten by the first corner.
Starting ahead of Hamilton due to his grid penalty, Button managed to beat both Raikkonen and Kobayashi into the first corner to tuck in behind the Mercedes duo of Rosberg and Schumacher.
Button simply didn't have the pace of the Mercedes during the early part of the race, but Schumacher was the big casualty of the first round of pit-stops, the front right tyre changer didn't manage to bolt on his wheel before the traffic light system went green and Schumacher was released from the garage with only three wheels safely attached to his car and he went on to retire after a few corners.
Button didn't have his own way in the pits either and when a slow change at the back end of his car lost him 6 seconds or so, it was clear he wasn't going to be able to challenge Rosberg for the win as he now had to battle through a train of cars to regain track position.
After the race Button told the press: 'who knows what we could have achieved if weíd had a clear run at him in the final stint? Our pace was very good and the aim was to come out ahead of that following pack of cars - which we would have done if we hadnít lost time in the pitstop - and chase him down and put him under pressure. The delay in the final stop was just one of those things though - all the other stops had been very strong this weekend, but that one in particular wasnít. The delay pushed me back into the traffic, which was a little bit of a shock, but the pace and consistency are there in the car and I was able to get back into second position, after a good battle and a satisfying pass on Sebastian (Vettel). Itís disappointing not to have been able to challenge for the win, but it was a fun race with tons of overtaking and lots of battling. More important, itís been a great day for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes because weíre now leading both world championships.'
Date:Monday April 16 2012
Will Renault take up Magnussen option? (Thursday August 25 2016)
Hamilton set for huge grid penalty (Thursday August 25 2016)
Blog: Spa Preview (Wednesday August 24 2016)
Drivers make tyre selections for Belgium (Tuesday August 23 2016)
F1 Prediction Competition open for round 13 (Monday August 22 2016)
Who will win at Spa? (Monday August 22 2016)
Formula One is a team sport (Friday August 19 2016)
Formula One needs to tweak blue flag rules (Thursday August 18 2016)
Haas close to confirming new line-up (Wednesday August 17 2016)
All eyes on Ocon (Tuesday August 16 2016)
We should test Halo properly says Massa (Monday August 15 2016)
Toro Rosso expect team-mate rivalry (Friday August 12 2016)
New face on the grid after the summer break (Thursday August 11 2016)
Whisper it, the old Hockenheim wasnít very good (Wednesday August 10 2016)
Just let them drive! Says Wolff (Tuesday August 9 2016)
Rosberg will bounce back (Monday August 8 2016)
F1 penalties too inconsistent (Monday August 8 2016)
Ferrari form is painful (Friday August 5 2016)
Alonso unhappy (Friday August 5 2016)
Hamilton pleased with buffer in championship race (Thursday August 4 2016)
Kvyat a broken man (Thursday August 4 2016)
Pirelli test new wide tyres (Wednesday August 3 2016)
Verstappen earning trust at Red Bull (Wednesday August 3 2016)
Arrests made in Bernie's mother-in-law kidnapping (Tuesday August 2 2016)
Blog: German GP Report (Tuesday August 2 2016)
Was it right to penalise Rosberg? Rosberg says no (Monday August 1 2016)
New leader after Germany drama (Monday August 1 2016)
2016 German Grand Prix - Race (Sunday July 31 2016)
Blog: Hockenheim Qualifying (Saturday July 30 2016)
2016 German Grand Prix - Qualifying (Saturday July 30 2016)
2016 German Grand Prix - FP3 (Saturday July 30 2016)
2016 German Grand Prix - FP2 (Friday July 29 2016)
2016 German Grand Prix - FP1 (Friday July 29 2016)
Cockpit protection introduction delayed (Friday July 29 2016)
Championship will be lost by DNFs (Thursday July 28 2016)
Allison leaves Ferrari by mutual consent (Thursday July 28 2016)
F1 Prediction Competition open for round 12 (Wednesday July 27 2016)
Drivers make tyre selections for Germany (Wednesday July 27 2016)
Blog: Hockenheim Preview (Tuesday July 26 2016)
F1 must look at safety aspect of yellow flags (Tuesday July 26 2016)
Bernie's mother-in-law kidnapped claim reports (Tuesday July 26 2016)
Who will win in Germany? (Monday July 25 2016)
Hamilton snatches championship lead (Monday July 25 2016)
Another four years for Vettel at Ferrari? (Monday July 25 2016)
Blog: Hungarian GP Report (Sunday July 24 2016)
2016 Hungarian Grand Prix - Race (Sunday July 24 2016)
Blog: Hungaroring Qualifying (Saturday July 23 2016)
2016 Hungarian Grand Prix - Qualifying (Saturday July 23 2016)
2016 Hungarian Grand Prix - FP3 (Saturday July 23 2016)
2016 Hungarian Grand Prix - FP2 (Friday July 22 2016)
2016 Hungarian Grand Prix - FP1 (Friday July 22 2016)
Rosberg signs new deal with Mercedes (Friday July 22 2016)
FIA clarify radio communications (Friday July 22 2016)
Alonso reveals he may quit Formula One (Thursday July 21 2016)
Peter Sauber retires as team is sold (Thursday July 21 2016)
You should never, ever, give up says Hamilton (Wednesday July 20 2016)
Drivers make tyre selections for Hungary (Wednesday July 20 2016)
Hamilton's run will end says Rosberg (Tuesday July 19 2016)
Blog: Hungaroring Preview (Tuesday July 19 2016)
F1 Predicton Competition open for round 11 (Monday July 18 2016)
Who will win in Hungary? (Monday July 18 2016)
Sainz confirms commitment to Red Bull (Friday July 15 2016)
F1 set to scrap prize money structure? (Thursday July 14 2016)
Hamilton Mania (Wednesday July 13 2016)
Ferrari keeping an eye on Hamilton (Tuesday July 12 2016)
Blog: British GP Report (Monday July 11 2016)
Hamilton Mania (Monday July 11 2016)
2016 British GP - Race (Sunday July 10 2016)
Blog: Silverstone Qualifying (Saturday July 9 2016)
2016 British Grand Prix - Qualifying (Saturday July 9 2016)
2016 British Grand Prix - FP3 (Saturday July 9 2016)
2016 British Grand Prix - FP2 (Friday July 8 2016)
2016 British Grand Prix - FP1 (Friday July 8 2016)
Blog: Silverstone Preview (Thursday July 7 2016)
No reason for Pirelli tyre failure - Vettel (Wednesday July 6 2016)
Drivers make their selections for Silverstone (Wednesday July 6 2016)
Incident was brainless - But let them race! (Tuesday July 5 2016)
A rare good day for McLaren & Button (Tuesday July 5 2016)
Reckless Rosberg (Monday July 4 2016)
F1 Prediction Competition open for round 10 (Monday July 4 2016)
Who will win in Britain? (Monday July 4 2016)
Blog: Austrian GP Report (Sunday July 3 2016)
2016 Austrian GP - Race (Sunday July 3 2016)
Blog: Red Bull Ring Qualifying (Saturday July 2 2016)
2016 Austrian GP - Qualifying (Saturday July 2 2016)
2016 Austrian GP - FP3 (Saturday July 2 2016)
2016 Austrian GP - FP2 (Friday July 1 2016)
2016 Austrian GP - FP1 (Friday July 1 2016)
Blog: Red Bull Ring Preview (Thursday June 30 2016)
Pirelli announce driver selections for Austria (Tuesday June 28 2016)
F1 Prediction Comp - Open for round 9 (Monday June 27 2016)
Who will win in Austria? (Monday June 27 2016)
Sainz expected to stay with Red Bull stable (Friday June 24 2016)
F1 musical chairs begins (Thursday June 23 2016)
Title looking good for Rosberg says Hamilton (Wednesday June 22 2016)
Williams hunting down new pit-stop record (Tuesday June 21 2016)
Are F1 radio regulations to restrictive? (Tuesday June 21 2016)
Championship push back on track for Rosberg (Monday June 20 2016)
Blog: European GP Report (Monday June 20 2016)
2016 European Grand Prix - Race (Sunday June 19 2016)
|7.||Push The Button||483|