British GP qualifying: Jenson Button took risks to qualify third

Jenson Button says the lap that earned him third in qualifying for the British Grand Prix was the result of a "risky" approach from his McLaren Formula 1 team

British GP qualifying: Jenson Button took risks to qualify third

The Briton was one of several drivers to improve dramatically at the end of Q3 as the damp Silverstone circuit continued to dry after a mid-session shower.

Button briefly held second during the hectic end to qualifying before being bumped onto the second row, but he said the result was a reward for the team's call to go out again on slicks.

"I felt I could read the conditions really well, and then it came to the last timed lap that meant everything," he said.

"I said to everyone 'I have wheelspin in a straight line' and they said 'push, [you] have nothing to lose and we have to take the risks to gain a position at the moment'.

"So I pushed. It was a very aggressive lap but it worked, so big thanks to the team for the call.

"Being third here in front of home crowd here really means a lot, I will go to bed very happy tonight."

NO ISSUES WITH DENNIS

Button added it was a good response to the pre-weekend comments from returning McLaren CEO Ron Dennis, who had suggested the 2009 world champion needed to try harder.

"He [Dennis] is watching this I am sure. One result doesn't mean anything, we have talked since and I think there is a mutual respect there.

"When we all want things to improve quicker than what they are, we maybe say things in the press that maybe we shouldn't."

Despite securing his best qualifying result since the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix, Button admitted it would be difficult to translate that into a second podium of the season.

"We have to be realistic," he said. "I want to be optimistic and positive about fighting for a podium [and] if it is like today with these conditions it is possible.

"But in a standard dry race it is very tricky."

shares
comments
British GP qualifying: Hamilton made decision to abort final lap
Previous article

British GP qualifying: Hamilton made decision to abort final lap

Next article

British GP qualifying: Alonso says Ferrari needs faster decisions

British GP qualifying: Alonso says Ferrari needs faster decisions
Singapore Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022 Plus

Singapore Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

A testing return to the Singapore Grand Prix in tricky conditions created plenty of hazards and mistakes for the Formula 1 drivers to fall into. That partly explains a number of low scores, including from a handful of high profile runners, allowing others to take a starring role under the floodlights

The two key contributors to Leclerc's defeat to Perez in F1's 2022 Singapore GP Plus

The two key contributors to Leclerc's defeat to Perez in F1's 2022 Singapore GP

In a marathon Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, Sergio Perez’s victory was only assured hours after the race due to a stewards investigation. Throughout the contest the Red Bull driver impressively held off Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in changing conditions to see the Mexican pull out enough of an advantage to negate his post-race penalty

The time-honoured manufacturer model that can't apply to all F1 teams Plus

The time-honoured manufacturer model that can't apply to all F1 teams

What happens, asks MATT KEW, if the old adage of win on a Sunday, sell on a Monday is no longer true for F1 manufacturers?

Formula 1
Oct 2, 2022
Why is Oscar Piastri F1's most sought-after rookie? Plus

Why is Oscar Piastri F1's most sought-after rookie?

The Australian rising star is fast, consistent, confident, adaptable and has shown excellent racecraft, but there’s already a taint to his reputation. That hasn’t stopped him becoming the hottest property in this year’s F1 driver market and why McLaren moved fast to snap up the 21-year-old

Formula 1
Sep 30, 2022
The unintended benefit that F1's new engine rules era will deliver Plus

The unintended benefit that F1's new engine rules era will deliver

Formula 1's incoming engine rules shake-up has multiple targets. But it may also solve what has been a bone of contention since the hybrids arrived in 2014. The new plan will allow the series to pump up the volume

Formula 1
Sep 29, 2022
How de Vries made himself impossible to ignore for a belated F1 chance Plus

How de Vries made himself impossible to ignore for a belated F1 chance

Nyck de Vries appeared to have missed his opportunity to break into Formula 1 as he was passed over for more exciting talents who have now become frontrunners and title fighters. But after catching the eye outside of the F1 sphere, before his stunning impromptu grand prix debut in Italy, will it lead to a delayed full-time race seat?

Formula 1
Sep 29, 2022
Can Hamilton produce another Singapore magic moment? Plus

Can Hamilton produce another Singapore magic moment?

The Singapore Grand Prix has, explains BEN EDWARDS, played an important role in Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 career. As the series returns to the Marina Bay Street Circuit for the first time in three years, he faces the latest challenge with an underperforming Mercedes car

Formula 1
Sep 28, 2022
Why Sainz is key to Ferrari achieving its chairman's F1 goals Plus

Why Sainz is key to Ferrari achieving its chairman's F1 goals

Although Ferrari's chances of title glory in 2022 have evaporated, chairman John Elkann expects the team to have chalked up both championships by 2026. Both require drivers to play the team game and, having now become more comfortable with the F1-75, Carlos Sainz may be Ferrari's key to title glory

Formula 1
Sep 27, 2022