Jenson Button says changing track conditions cost him the vital tenths he needed to make Q3 in his last-ever qualifying session, but insists he was savouring the experience along the way.
Button will start his final Grand Prix in 12th position, having failed to make the top 10 by two tenths of a second. He was inside the top 10 in Q1, however, just a thousandth of a second off ninth place.
“As it cools down you obviously need more front end, and actually we didn’t have any front-end left,” said Button.
“Bit of understeer that cost a bit of time, but to be fair it’s not a bad place to be. It just changed the balance quite a lot, and you pick up understeer like we did. In terms of the weekend, it’s been tricky with changing the engine and what have you. We missed a bit of track time.
“Tomorrow we get to run new tyres, who knows what strategy – it’s the funny thing about having three sets, sometimes it’s better to be where we are. It’s not a bad place to be for my last race.”
When asked by Sky Sports F1 if he was ticking off moments during the race weekend, he replied: “No, it would wrong to do that, this has been my life for 17 years, you’re not just ticking them off, you’re experiencing them.”