F1 Chinese Grand Prix: Jenson Button hoping for dry race as McLaren look to salvage result after poor qualifying

McLaren driver will start in 12th with his team-mate Kevin Magnussen 15th as both drivers look to the skies for a sunnier Sunday

Jenson Button is praying the sun shines over Shanghai on Sunday if he is to salvage something from his Chinese Grand Prix weekend.

Wet, cold, grey conditions dominated qualifying at the Shanghai International Circuit, and that wrecked any hope Button had of a strong qualifying performance.

For the first time this year neither Button nor rookie McLaren team-mate Kevin Magnussen will start in the top 10 on the grid, with the duo lining up 12th and 15th.

McLaren's problem is that the conditions prevented their cars from getting any heat into the front tyres in particular, and with it a lack of grip with the track at its most slippery.

The forecast for Sunday suggests the rain will stay away, but as to the temperature, that is variable, which could also play a part in the team's bid to score points.

 

"This is a tough track because of the cold temperatures we have this weekend, and you throw the rain into that and we are struggling," said Button.

"We definitely need a dry race. We'll have a very tough afternoon if it's wet.

"In the cold, if it's dry, it's still tricky. We're just able to put the tyres in a good position, but we can race well.

"For tomorrow, it's also going to be such a green track (with all the rubber previously laid down now washed away).

"If it is dry, which I think it will be, it will be very difficult to know what to do in terms of strategy.

"But we're very good at thinking on our feet, very good at adapting to the different conditions and scenarios we will find tomorrow."

Explaining the problems experienced with getting heat into the tyres that would have made his day more comfortable, Button added: "We're doing everything we can to get the tyres working.

"Overall, grip is lacking in terms of downforce. When you have that issue it's a lot easier to get temperature into the rears because you can spin the tyres, whereas you can't do that with the fronts.

"So it's very tricky, and one of the main reasons why I struggled.

"It was a shame not to get into Q3, but it was a tough day for us, although in a way a useful day to see where our weaknesses are.

"But I'm still looking forward to tomorrow. There are a few cars we know we can't beat, but there are lots of cars we can race and still get a good result."

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence