Button: I gave it all I’ve got

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Jenson Button believes that he could not have done any more during qualifying for the German Grand Prix, calling his Q2 lap “the best lap I have done for a very long time”, although he is frustrated that such a performance was only good enough to see him qualify P9.

“The lap was the best lap I’ve done for a very long time,” Button said. “It felt good out there and I don’t think I left anything out there so it’s just a pity that that puts me P9 on the grid, not P1, so this is where we are right now. But we should be happy with what we’ve done this weekend and the car as you might notice on TV still isn’t working.”

The 2009 world champion did not post a time in Q3, instead settling to take on fresh tires for the start of the race tomorrow unlike the Ferraris who posted times on the medium compound to Button’s surprise.

“That’s a little bit surprising really. I suppose they’ve got good degradation those tires so interesting to see what happens with them tomorrow and I’ll be just waiting.”

Button used a similar strategy in China, starting on almost-fresh tires after setting a time over 30 seconds slower than pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton in Q3 before charging to finish a season-best of 5th in the race. Quite whether or not a similar result is on the cards tomorrow remains to be seen, but he clearly feels that he cannot get any more out of the car.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”