Jenson Button: “The team made some good calls”


Jenson Button - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Jenson Button secured a ninth place finish during the Monaco Grand Prix but admitted that without the rain, he would have been unlikely have finished inside the points.

The McLaren-Honda driver was one of the first drivers to make the switch from the full wet tyre to the intermediate when the safety car left the circuit, and felt the team made strategy good calls throughout the race to enable the British driver to score points.

“My car felt almost undriveable during the wet opening laps – we were struggling to get heat into the rear tyres, and were locking the rear wheels whenever we hit the brakes, which was a bit scary,” said Button.

“I boxed for Inters at probably the right time – that first-call was the trickier one. I feel I’m pretty good at making those tyre calls, but, on such a short lap, and when everybody else follows suit, it didn’t make too much difference. Then I got stuck behind Pascal’s [Wehrlein] Manor, which I couldn’t overtake.

“I think we made the right calls in terms of strategy, but lost out a little with the attendant traffic – which I couldn’t help – but the team made some good calls nonetheless.

“We wouldn’t have scored this many points if it’d been dry, so it’s good to get a decent haul today.”