Jenson Button was pleased to qualify in fifth place for tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix after getting to grips with the newly-resurfaced circuit at Interlagos.
The new asphalt has caught out a number of drivers so far this weekend, with Button feeling that the very nature and characteristics of the track has changed as a result. Nevertheless, he was pleased with the final result on Saturday.
“It felt alright actually,” he told NBCSN. “I said on Friday that this circuit doesn’t feel like Interlagos anymore with the new asphalt on., and it is diffferent, but I enjoyed it out there.
“It was tough though. A lot of front locking. I think everyone struggled on the last run for some reason. I lost about a tenth at turn one and then I couldn’t see for the rest of the lap.”
In terms of his expectations for the race tomorrow, Button is remaining open minded and is just pleased to be starting so far up the grid.
“Us as we are, I don’t know,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it though. Saturdays have been tough for me here, so it’s nice to start nearer the front. We’ll see what we can do in the race.”
This could prove to be Button’s final outing at Interlagos as a Formula 1 driver, with paddock speculation suggesting that he could be replaced by Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso at McLaren for next season.
You can watch the Brazilian Grand Prix live on CNBC from 10:30a ET tomorrow.