Button Accepts Blame for Error

Briton Jenson Button took the full blame for the incident during his flying lap in qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix

Button Accepts Blame for Error

BAR's Button, who had been consistently fast in practice, qualified 13th after running wide at turn eight - a sweeping left-hander that has caught several drivers during the weekend.

Button admitted he had only himself to blame.

"I hit a bump at the second apex of the corner and looking at the data and the video I think it was on the kerbs too much at the last apex and got a big snap of oversteer and that was it, trying to hold it was impossible," said Button.

"I was very surprised, I was going quite a bit slower than in practice through there because I'd seen already what had happened. But I can't blame anyone, it's my fault, my mistake. The annoying thing was that I was being relatively cautious but it's my fault really. I don't think there's any excuse for it."

Button tried to remain positive for the race, however.

"The good thing is I am on the clean side of the grid which is positive," he said. "We have got a good race pace and I think we have got a reasonable amount of fuel on board so I think we can still have a good race tomorrow. I think it is getting bumpier definitely, hopefully it's not going to get worse throughout the race.

"When there's 58 laps with 20 cars going round it's going to be pretty tough for the circuit but hopefully it's going to be fine. I think we can still score some good points but I don't think Renault or McLaren need to worry about us though. I think apart from them we can really challenge anyone.

"Starting 13th is not where we wanted to be but there's no use looking back we need to look forward to tomorrow and I think we can have a great race. Podium is going to be difficult because Renault and McLaren are going to be fast.

"I think if we had started at the front we would have had a good chance of challenging Renault for a podium but not McLaren. I still think we can be up there so we can still challenge the Toyotas which is my aim, to challenge Trulli.

shares
comments
Trulli Rewarded for Set-Up Gamble
Previous article

Trulli Rewarded for Set-Up Gamble

Next article

Villeneuve: I Pushed too Hard

Villeneuve: I Pushed too Hard
The inconvenient truth about F1’s ‘American driver’ dream Plus

The inconvenient truth about F1’s ‘American driver’ dream

OPINION: The Formula 1 grid's wait for a new American driver looks set to continue into 2023 as the few remaining places up for grabs - most notably at McLaren - look set to go elsewhere. This is despite the Woking outfit giving tests to IndyCar aces recently, showing that the Stateside single-seater series still has some way to go to being seen as a viable feeder option for F1

How a bad car creates the ultimate engineering challenge Plus

How a bad car creates the ultimate engineering challenge

While creating a car that is woefully off the pace is a nightmare scenario for any team, it inadvertently generates the test any engineering department would relish: to turn it into a winner. As Mercedes takes on that challenge in Formula 1 this season, McLaren’s former head of vehicle engineering reveals how the team pulled of the feat in 2009 with Lewis Hamilton

Formula 1
Aug 15, 2022
The under-fire F1 driver fighting for his future Plus

The under-fire F1 driver fighting for his future

Personable, articulate 
and devoid of the usual
 racing driver airs and graces,
 Nicholas Latifi is the last Formula 1 driver you’d expect to receive death threats, but such was the toxic legacy of his part in last year’s explosive season finale. And now, as ALEX KALINAUCKAS explains, he faces a battle to keep his place on the F1 grid…

Formula 1
Aug 13, 2022
The strange tyre travails faced by F1’s past heroes Plus

The strange tyre travails faced by F1’s past heroes

Modern grand prix drivers like to think the tyres they work with are unusually difficult and temperamental. But, says  MAURICE HAMILTON, their predecessors faced many of the same challenges – and some even stranger…

Formula 1
Aug 12, 2022
The returning fan car revolution that could suit F1 Plus

The returning fan car revolution that could suit F1

Gordon Murray's Brabham BT46B 'fan car' was Formula 1 engineering at perhaps its most outlandish. Now fan technology has been successfully utilised on the McMurtry Speirling at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, could it be adopted by grand prix racing once again?

Formula 1
Aug 11, 2022
Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold Plus

Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold

The seven-time Formula 1 world champion has been lumbered with a duff car before the 2022 Mercedes. Back in 2009, McLaren’s alchemists transformed the disastrous MP4-24 into a winning car with Lewis Hamilton at the wheel. And now it’s happening again at his current team, but can the rate of progress be matched this year?

Formula 1
Aug 11, 2022
Why few could blame Leclerc for following the example of Hamilton’s exit bombshell Plus

Why few could blame Leclerc for following the example of Hamilton’s exit bombshell

OPINION: Ferrari's numerous strategy blunders, as well as some of his own mistakes, have cost Charles Leclerc dearly in the 2022 Formula 1 title battle in the first half of the season. Though he is locked into a deal with Ferrari, few could blame Leclerc if he ultimately wanted to look elsewhere - just as Lewis Hamilton did with McLaren 10 years prior

Formula 1
Aug 9, 2022
The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat Plus

The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat

After being ditched by McLaren earlier in his F1 career Sergio Perez fought his way back into a seat with a leading team. BEN EDWARDS thinks the same could be happening to another member of the current grid

Formula 1
Aug 8, 2022