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
Ferrari speculation affecting Bottas (Monday August 3 2015)
Does Ferrari's Raikkonen option expire today? (Friday July 31 2015)
Double podium for Red Bull Racing (Thursday July 30 2015)
Vettel dedicates victory to Bianchi (Wednesday July 29 2015)
Vital talking point: Hungary - Merc stalling? (Tuesday July 28 2015)
Blog: Hungarian GP Report (Monday July 27 2015)
2015 Hungary GP - Race (Sunday July 26 2015)
Blog: Hungaroring Qualifying (Saturday July 25 2015)
2015 Hungary GP - Qualifying (Saturday July 25 2015)
2015 Hungary GP - FP3 (Saturday July 25 2015)
2015 - Hungary GP - FP2 (Friday July 24 2015)
2015 - Hungary GP - FP1 (Friday July 24 2015)
They will continue to race hard for Bianchi (Thursday July 23 2015)
Drivers mourn at Bianchi's funeral (Wednesday July 22 2015)
Blog: Hungaroring Preview (Tuesday July 21 2015)
Formula One Prediction Competition - Round 10 (Tuesday July 21 2015)
Who will win in Hungary? (Tuesday July 21 2015)
Sad day for the sport and the team says Lowdon (Monday July 20 2015)
Chilton dedicates win to Bianchi (Monday July 20 2015)
Jules Bianchi dies aged 25 (Saturday July 18 2015)
Will Germans back Hockenheim race? (Friday July 17 2015)
McLaren trying to unlock potential (Thursday July 16 2015)
Red Bull lack patience (Wednesday July 15 2015)
Bianchi's father 'less optimistic' over recovery (Tuesday July 14 2015)
Blog: What has happened to the Strategy Group? (Monday July 13 2015)
Button's future up in the air (Friday July 10 2015)
Hamilton wants more control (Thursday July 9 2015)
Mercedes to power Red Bull Racing? (Wednesday July 8 2015)
Vital talking point - Did Williams get it wrong? (Tuesday July 7 2015)
Blog: British GP Report (Tuesday July 7 2015)
Records fall for Hamilton (Monday July 6 2015)
Vital talking point: Hamilton's pit, was it luck? (Monday July 6 2015)
2015 - British GP - Race result (Sunday July 5 2015)
Blog: Silverstone Qualifying (Sunday July 5 2015)
2015 - British GP - Qualifying (Saturday July 4 2015)
2015 - British GP - FP3 (Saturday July 4 2015)
2015 - British GP - FP2 (Friday July 3 2015)
2015 - British GP - FP1 (Friday July 3 2015)
Yet more gimmicks from F1 Strategy Group (Friday July 3 2015)
Hamilton calls for better trophies (Thursday July 2 2015)
Blog: Silverstone Preview (Wednesday July 1 2015)
Formula E cannot compare with F1 says Horner (Wednesday July 1 2015)
Pirelli to request more F1 tests (Tuesday June 30 2015)
2015 Formula One Prediction Competition - Round 9 (Tuesday June 30 2015)
Who will win the British Grand Prix? (Tuesday June 30 2015)
New contract for Horner (Monday June 29 2015)
F1 teams are all talk says Todt (Monday June 29 2015)
Formula 1 v Formula E (Monday June 29 2015)
Positive test for McLaren (Friday June 26 2015)
Mosley praise for Ecclestone (Thursday June 25 2015)
Mercedes remain on top in second test (Thursday June 25 2015)
Miami Dolphins owner to buy a stake in F1 (Wednesday June 24 2015)
Red Bull to sack Horner? (Wednesday June 24 2015)
Rain hampers running on first test day (Wednesday June 24 2015)
Ferrari to hand Red Bull a lifeline? (Tuesday June 23 2015)
Angry Mateschitz (Tuesday June 23 2015)
Vital talking point: Austria - ah, erm, err (Monday June 22 2015)
Blog: Austrian GP Report (Sunday June 21 2015)
2015 Austrian GP - Race (Sunday June 21 2015)
Blog: Red Bull Ring Qualifying (Saturday June 20 2015)
Four drivers hit with penalties (Saturday June 20 2015)
2015 Austrian GP - Qualifying (Saturday June 20 2015)
2015 Austrian GP - FP3 (Saturday June 20 2015)
2015 Austrian GP - FP2 (Friday June 19 2015)
2015 Austrian GP - FP1 (Friday June 19 2015)
Italian Grand Prix to alternate? (Thursday June 18 2015)
Will Michelin return to Formula One? (Thursday June 18 2015)
Blog: Red Bull Ring Preview (Wednesday June 17 2015)
2015 Formula One Prediction Competition - Round 8 (Tuesday June 16 2015)
Who will win in Austria? (Tuesday June 16 2015)
Hulkenberg wins Le Mans (Monday June 15 2015)
Head knighted (Monday June 15 2015)
Boullier calls for engine regulation change (Friday June 12 2015)
F1 holds new talks over New Jersey race (Thursday June 11 2015)
F1 regulations too complex for Ferrari chairman (Wednesday June 10 2015)
Grosjean apology for Stevens (Wednesday June 10 2015)
Rosberg & Vettel not good for F1 says Bernie (Wednesday June 10 2015)
Renault quit threat very real (Tuesday June 9 2015)
Blog: Canadian GP Report (Tuesday June 9 2015)
Vital talking point: Can it get worse for McLaren? (Monday June 8 2015)
2015 - Canada - Race (Sunday June 7 2015)
Blog: Montreal Qualifying (Sunday June 7 2015)
Grid penalty brings further pain for Vettel (Sunday June 7 2015)
2015 - Canada - Qualifying (Sunday June 7 2015)
2015 - Canada - FP3 (Sunday June 7 2015)
Why customer cars are not against F1ís DNA (Saturday June 6 2015)
2015 - Canada - FP2 (Friday June 5 2015)
2015 - Canada - FP1 (Friday June 5 2015)
Verstappen under fire (Friday June 5 2015)
Manor Marussia sign Fabio Leimer (Thursday June 4 2015)
Blog: Montreal Preview (Wednesday June 3 2015)
Manor Marussia make key appointments (Wednesday June 3 2015)
Ferrari and Honda set for engine upgrades (Tuesday June 2 2015)
2015 Formula One Prediction Competition - Round 7 (Monday June 1 2015)
Who will in Canada? (Monday June 1 2015)
F1 seeks new team for 2016 and beyond (Friday May 29 2015)
Extra homework for Kimi (Friday May 29 2015)
Verstappen penalised for Monaco crash (Thursday May 28 2015)
HSE to take no action over de Villota crash (Wednesday May 27 2015)
Vital talking point - First points for McLaren (Wednesday May 27 2015)
|7.||Push The Button||461|