Click to view our fantastic subscription offers

Instant access to the F1 paddock

You have 15 views remaining

You have read 5 stories this month. After 20, you will need to register or subscribe.

Register with us for free to view 30 stories a month.

Or subscribe to AUTOSPORT+ for unlimited news stories and access to our exclusive subscriber-only content.

Our commitment to quality journalism

We've introduced metered access to AUTOSPORT which will ensure that the majority of our visitors can continue to view the site for free. But we think that is worth a small investment from those who use it most, so that we can continue to send the leading experts in their field to motor racing paddocks all over the world to break the latest news and produce the most compelling interviews and race reports.

Every visitor gets 20 free page views per month. Once you reach the limit you can register to get 30 views or choose one of our value-for-money subscription packages to continue viewing and to get additional access to a range of features including:

  • Unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Get AUTOSPORT magazine in a digital format on your computer or iPad every week
  • Full access to FORIX - the world's best motorsport statistics website

We greatly appreciate your continued support to keep AUTOSPORT at the forefront of motorsport coverage, and we look forward to welcoming you as a new subscriber.

Andrew Van de Burgt
Editor in Chief

autosport.com
Search:
Find out more about our subscriptions
  AUTOSPORT+ LOGIN AUTOSPORT Plus  
Username:
Password:
F1 NEWS 

Korean GP: McLaren sure long-run pace will pay dividends in race

Jenson Button, McLaren, Korea 2012Jenson Button thinks McLaren can be confident about its race chances for the Korean Grand Prix because of its strong long-run pace in practice - but is under no illusions about how tough it is going to be to make progress.

The former world champion will start 11th at Yeongam after failing to make it through to Q3, while team-mate Lewis Hamilton is third on the grid.

Although McLaren was no match for Red Bull in qualifying, the team thinks race performance could fluctuate significantly because of the tricky tyre management situation.

Button said: "The long run on Friday was great. I was very happy with it. We didn't really know what to expect on that tyre because it is obviously a super soft on a circuit that is very demanding and normally has very high degradation.

"But we were able to look after the tyre pretty well and be consistent with the laptimes. But it is very tricky because it's not just the rear tyres; it's front and rear tyres that you are struggling with in terms of wear degradation.

"It depends on what balance you have with the car. We had a good balance [in practice] and hopefully we can carry that through to the race."

Hamilton does not have as much experience of the long-run form of his car, but expects to get a sense of its race potential within the opening laps.

"I haven't done a long run," he said. "I have struggled a little bit this weekend with some set-up. P1 was probably the best session I had, and then Q3 on that last lap. Between it was kind of a little bit messy.

"But I am glad that I was able to extract everything from the car in Q3. And yeah we've definitely made a small step this weekend and we just need to keep pushing that way."

He added: "I guess during the formation lap we will just try and see where the balance is - and determine how much wing you put in or take out and set the settings on your steering wheel.

"Otherwise a good start would help and from there hopefully [we'll make progress]... There are two long straights so positioning is going to be important. But scoring good points is definitely possible for us."

  More news  
    advertisement
  RELATED LINKS
Read the AUTOSPORT Digital Edition
Visit the autosport.com shop
See highlights from 60 years of AUTOSPORT
  FOLLOW AUTOSPORT ON
FOLLOW AUTOSPORT ON TWITTER
Paddock insight from group F1 editor Jonathan Noble
Grand Prix news updates from F1 editor Edd Straw
Breaking news feed
Live commentary feed
Haymarket