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.

Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

Results are below.