Button mystified by gap to Vettel in qualifying at Monza
|By Jonathan Noble and Pablo Elizalde||Saturday, September 10th 2011, 13:49 GMT|
Jenson Button conceded it was hard to understand why Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel was so quick in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.
The German driver grabbed a dominant pole position, beating the McLarens by around half a second despite the Monza circuit not expected to suit the Red Bull.
Button, third today behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton, admitted he was mystified by the speed of the Red Bull.
"I agree with Lewis that even if we got a bit more, we couldn't have challenged Seb," said Button.
"The strange thing is these guys don't look like they are carrying much wing and they are quite a bit quicker than us in last sector with high-speed corners, so it's difficult to understand.
"We have to concentrate on the race and score some good points. It's not so important to be on pole position as in previous years."
Button is confident, however, that McLaren will be able to challenge Vettel in tomorrow's race, and he is predicting a fun event.
"Seb says they are racy for tomorrow. I know what he means and I think we have also gone the same direction so I think it is going to be a fun race.
"Their lap times yesterday were very good on the long run, or whatever fuel loads they were running. I think we are going to have a lot of fun tomorrow, I don't think Red Bull will have it all their way. It should be a fun race."