Button not expecting much from Bahrain GP

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Jenson Button has conceded that he is not expecting much from tomorrow’s Bahrain Grand Prix, and he will be happy to score some points.

The British driver qualified 10th for McLaren, and he only just made it into the final qualifying session in Sakhir today.

“I don’t want people to expect too much out of us. It’s going to be a tough day tomorrow,” Button explained.

“We’re always going to be positive and every time I jump in the car I try to go as quick as I can.”

Upon hearing that he had made it into Q3, Button cheered sarcastically over the radio. McLaren has struggled so far this season, and the 2009 world champion believes that an alternative strategy will be required if they are to score in Bahrain.

“Most of the time we are doing something different to other people because we have to. We’ll see what we can do. Maybe a two-stop strategy is on the cards.

“We’re definitely on for points and it would be good to come away with both cars in the points.”

With Sergio Perez qualifying 12th, McLaren will be looking to utilize their strategy in order to secure some points in Bahrain. With Button free to choose which tire he starts on, he could repeat his performance in China where he finished a strong 5th.

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Ferrari teammates Vettel and Raikkonen fastest in rainy final practice at Australian GP

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen went one-two in the final practice session ahead of qualifying at the water-logged Australian Grand Prix on Saturday.

Vettel set a best-lap time of 1 minute, 26.067 seconds, more than 2.4 seconds faster than his teammate in second.

Both Ferrari drivers switched from their intermediate tires to the super-fast, ultra-soft tires for the final few laps of the session, testing conditions on the track after a day-long downpour left it slick and filled with small puddles.

Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton did not opt to try out their soft tires, sticking to the intermediates for the entire session. They had the seventh- and eighth-fastest times, after topping the leaderboard in practice in dry conditions on Friday.

The heavy rains subsided by early afternoon, allowing the track to rapidly dry during the third practice session and making conditions safe for drivers to test their soft tires.

Still, only a few drivers completed a timed lap with the softer compounds, with Mercedes, Red Bull and most of the others staying with their intermediates.

Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson had the third-fastest time of the session on ultrasoft tires, followed by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen on intermediates.

Hamilton remains the favorite to capture his fifth straight pole position at the Australian Grand Prix in qualifying later Saturday. He had the fastest laps on ultrasoft tires in the two practice sessions on Friday, though Verstappen was right behind him.

Verstappen and Vettel both slid on the slick track early in the third practice session, but maintained control and completed their runs without incident.

Verstappen’s teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, had the sixth-fastest time of the session. The Australian’s chances of winning his fifth career Grand Prix on his home track in Melbourne took a hit late Friday when he was assessed a three-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race.

The Australian driver was penalized for driving too fast under red-flag conditions during Friday’s second practice session because of debris on the track.