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Button's pit stop gamble compromised strategy

The McLaren drivers early stop resulted in a delayed pit stop.
Sunday, May 11, 2014

BARCELONA, 11th May 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Jenson Button says the gamble to make his second stop earlier than planned compromised their strategy.

The Briton stopped on lap 36 and had a delayed release due to Daniil Kvyat driving down the pitlane.

Things were compounded when he came out just in front of race leader Lewis Hamilton who had lapped him and Button had to lead him go.

“During the first two stints, it felt like we were making progress, because we were faster than the cars in front.” Button said.

“But we gambled on taking the second stop early, thinking we could jump one of the Force Indias, but Daniil’s [Kvyat] Toro Rosso followed me in, and caused my release to be delayed by a few seconds while he came past me in the pit-lane.”

“Then I came out of the pits just in front of Lewis [Hamilton], who was lapping me. He was running old tyres, while I was on fresh rubber; I had to let him past, but it delayed me a bit more.”

Kevin Magnussen crossed the line just behind Button in 12th place.

He qualified 14th after a power unit issue forced him to retire in Q2. The Dane felt that without that issue he would have picked up points.

“I made a good start, and was having a really good first lap. Then, into Turn 13, I went side by side with Jenson and went wide onto the marbles.”

“As I came back onto the circuit, Sebastian [Vettel] hadn’t seen me, and our cars briefly touched. Luckily, there was no damage to either of our cars, so we could both carry on without problem.”

“I knew it would be difficult to go forward from 14th on the grid – the midfield is very tight, so making progress is extremely tough."

“If we’d started where we should have [without the qualifying problem], I think we could have scored some good points today."

Button and GP2 driver Stoffel Vandoorne will take part in the two day test at the Circuit de Catalunya.

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