Button satisfied despite messy lap

Jenson Button achieved BAR's objective of qualifying within the top ten for the Japanese Grand Prix, although the Briton admits that his lap, which put him ninth on the grid for the race, was a little "on the edge."

Button satisfied despite messy lap

Crucially in the intense battle for fifth in the Constructors' Championship, the Briton is ahead of both Sauber drivers on the grid for Sunday's race. BAR currently trails Sauber in the standings by a solitary point.

"I was a little bit on the edge there and overcooked it in a couple of places, particularly in the second Degna where I went right over the kerb," admitted Button. "We needed to pull out a fast one though and get the best out of the race, and that's what we've had to do to get the grid position. The most important thing now is to give it everything we've got in the race in order to win back fifth in the Championship."

Takuma Sato, Button's new team-mate, couldn't match his performance from yesterday, when he outqualified the Briton, but was still content with his lap.

"That was a little difficult for me," he confessed. "The important thing was to stay close to Jenson and I'm quite pleased with where I ended up. I did make a couple of mistakes which cost me a couple of tenths. Most importantly I didn't make a big mistake so I'm quite confident for the race. I have a huge amount of support here and I'm really looking forward to tomorrow."

BAR technical director Geoff Willis added: "Neither driver got an ideal lap. We are happy with our set-up and strategy for tomorrow's race and our clear objective is to regain fifth position in the Constructors' Championship."

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