McLaren confident for wet qualifying

Jenson Button says the McLaren team will not make the same mistake it did in Malaysia if there are changeable conditions during tomorrow's qualifying session at Spa

McLaren confident for wet qualifying

Both Button and Lewis Hamilton left their runs too late at Sepang earlier this year and spun as the rainfall increased, eventually starting 17th and 20th. Button is determined that the team will not make the same mistake twice.

When asked what he expected if Saturday's qualifying session is wet, he said: "It's going to be very messy. We've got to make sure in Q1, if it is tricky conditions, that we're out on the circuit when we need to be at the correct time. That's the most important thing in Q1, and we'll see what happens from there on. We won't make the same mistake as we made in Malaysia, we've learned from that."

Hamilton fancies McLaren's chances at Spa if the rain continues.

"Today was just very up and down in terms of weather. If it rains, we'll definitely be competitive," he said. "I'm very glad it's raining because the gap to the cars ahead of us at the last race was quite considerable. Being in the rain opens up opportunity. I'm hoping that it being wet and varying conditions will enable us to maximise a little bit more than if it was dry.

"We're always in the hunt - whether we're a second behind or not, we're always in the hunt. I feel this track suits the car a little bit better. It does feel quite good today, but we've only done a couple of laps on dry tyres."

shares
comments
Belgium Friday quotes: Ferrari

Previous article

Belgium Friday quotes: Ferrari

Next article

Red Bull passes new flexi-wing test

Red Bull passes new flexi-wing test
Load comments
The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team Plus

The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team

Emerson Fittipaldi is better remembered for his Formula 1 world championships and Indianapolis 500 successes than for the spell running his eponymous F1 team. Despite a hugely talented roll call of staff, it was a period of internal strife, limited funding and few results - as remembered by Autosport's technical consultant

Formula 1
Oct 18, 2021
Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence Plus

Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence

In the 1960s and 1970s, McLaren juggled works entries in F1, sportscars and the Indy 500 while building cars for F3 and F2. Now it’s returning to its roots, expanding 
into IndyCars and Extreme E while continuing its F1 renaissance. There’s talk of Formula E and WEC entries too. But is this all too much, too soon? STUART CODLING talks to the man in charge

Formula 1
Oct 17, 2021
How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential Plus

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential

Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?

Formula 1
Oct 15, 2021
The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages Plus

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages

OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation

Formula 1
Oct 14, 2021
Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers Plus

Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers

OPINION: Valtteri Bottas is credited with pole position for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, despite being beaten in qualifying. This is another example of Formula 1 and the FIA scoring an own goal by forgetting what makes motorsport magic, with the Istanbul race winner also a victim of this in the championship’s recent history

Formula 1
Oct 13, 2021
Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

On a day that the number two Mercedes enjoyed a rare day in the sun, the Turkish Grand Prix produced several standout drives - not least from a driver who has hit a purple patch of late

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory Plus

The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory

Starting 11th after his engine change grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton faced a tough task to repeat his Turkish Grand Prix heroics of 2020 - despite making strong early progress in the wet. Instead, his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas broke through for a first win of the year to mitigate Max Verstappen re-taking the points lead

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form Plus

How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form

A Formula 1 pitstop is a rapid-fire blend of high technology and human performance. PAT SYMONDS describes how the science of margin gains makes stops so quick

Formula 1
Oct 10, 2021