Jenson Button said choosing not to run during practice to save tyres may have compromised McLaren’s qualifying effort.
Button was one of four drivers not to set a time during the final hour after practice at Interlagos, in order to preserve his tyre allocation for the weekend.
“We sat out most of FP3 in order to save tyres, which felt like the right thing to do at the time, but in retrospect maybe it wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót the right call,” said Button after qualifying 15th.
“After all, we hadn?óÔé¼Ôäót run in wet conditions on the intermediate tyres before qualifying, so we weren?óÔé¼Ôäót prepared for the problems we then encountered. But hindsight is a wonderful thing.”
“We were running a low-downforce configuration, which probably didn?óÔé¼Ôäót help either,” he added. “We felt that set-up was working for us yesterday, when it wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót as wet, but it probably hurt us in getting pressure into the tyre.”
“Still, we were good in Q1 ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ I ended up in [seventh place] ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ but, when it rained harder in Q2, I couldn?óÔé¼Ôäót get enough temperature into the tyres.”
Button added the team expect drier conditions for tomorrow’s grand prix: “Hopefully we?óÔé¼Ôäóll have some good racing, and we won?óÔé¼Ôäót spend too long behind the Safety Car.”
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