Jenson Button Q&A

Jenson Button will start the Australian GP from eighth place on his debut for BAR. It's the third anniversary of his debut with Williams, and the early signs are that he's got the best package he's had since then. Both Jenson and team mate Jacques Villeneuve have been to the fore throughout the weekend, despite an early fright with a double engine failure on Friday morning. Reliability remains the major worry for race day, but if the car keeps going, Jenson has a good chance of collecting some points. Adam Cooper spoke to him after the first ever one-lap shootout on race fuel loads

Jenson Button Q&A



It's difficult to know whether to be excited or worried, because we haven't got a clue what fuel people are running. That's the bad thing about qualifying now, it's very difficult to get excited about it. But to be eighth, I'm pretty happy.



You're just hoping they all make mistakes! That's about it. It's go off, go off, get a wheel on the dirt.



Not really. People always put wheels off in different places. I don't know if some people were doing it on purpose to throw dirt on the circuit. There was a lot of dirt on the circuit when I went out. The way the qualifying is now, I like the system, but I just don't like the fuel load.



I am, very. I think we've got a good race strategy as well. We concentrated on the race as well when we came to qualifying, so I think it's going to be good, but let's wait and see. But we're all very happy with the way things are going, not just this weekend, but in the winter also. It's surprised a few people.



No, I don't think anyone's fighting for fourth. We're not going to be the best, but everything else is to play for really. We outqualified both McLarens, and I don't think both Williams were on high fuel.



The thing with this car is we were sure of its potential in a race simulation, when we could do one. That was the problem with the reliability. We were a bit unsure about how quick it would be over one lap with lower fuel. Yesterday we showed how quick it can go, and that's the first time we've run low fuel.



It is a little bit heavier. You do notice it. But you still drive the same, you still drive to the limit. As you can see most people are pushing a little bit too hard - there were a few mistakes out there - but you've got to do it. You've got think is it better to stay back and be a little bit more relaxed and maybe lose two-tenths, or give it large and make up two places.



That's going to be the main difference. Normally from qualifying to the race you hugely change the car. You change quite a few bits on it, especially weight distribution. So that's going to be quite different. Also we've got a strategy mapped out before qualifying - that's one big difference. Normally we do it just before the race, and now it's on the Saturday or Friday even. So that's quite a big difference. It will be interesting to see what people do, because we don't have any idea.



It's difficult because everyone's going off and trying to do clever strategies, or some people are just trying to do clever strategies, but in Melbourne, none of it really matters. It's getting to the end, isn't it? As long as we're in a good position, which we are, if we get to the end I think we'll be scoring some very good points. Let's wait and see.

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