Jenson Button admits mistake after "disappointing" Japanese F1 Grand Prix
Jenson Button admitted he made a mistake when asking for a change to be made to his McLaren car prior to today's Japanese F1 Grand Prix at Suzuka.
The Frome Flyer decided to take off front downforce but was left lacking in front-end grip for the first two stints of a race in which he finished ninth.
"The first two stints of the race were pretty difficult as I had massive understeer," said Button, who started tenth on the grid.
"That was my fault. On the lap-to-grid, it felt like I had too much front-end, so I took some wing out of the car. It was the wrong thing to do – it left me with too much understeer and I kept locking up the fronts, which destroyed the front tyres.
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"For the third set, we added some front-wing and the balance came back to me. In the end, the car was really good to drive – especially my final stint on the Option tyre, which was a lot of fun as I was able to chase down and pass a couple of other cars.
"In the closing laps, I made a great move on Paul di Resta around the outside of the chicane. I made the same move on Felipe [Massa] too but he forced me over the kerb, so I ended up getting him on the straight.
"So it was an enjoyable end to the race but a disappointing beginning."
The race was won by Sebastian Vettel, moving the Red Bull driver closer to a fourth successive world title.