Option tyres “ready to go in the bin,” says Button

Jenson Button says he’s surprised to have made the top 10 on the Australian GP grid, but is frustrated about potential tyre problems in the race.

Last of those committed to starting on tyres used in qualifying, Button says his supersofts are not going to last long.

“I didn’t think I’d be 10th,” said Button. “I mean the balance of the car is not too bad, we just didn’t have any pace. To be 10th and one second off ninth is a surprise. I’ve also damaged my tyres a lot, so it’s going to be a tough afternoon.

“I don’t know how many laps I’m going to be able to do on my option tyre, it feels like it’s ready to go in the bin already. Everyone’s got graining in front, I just think mine’s worse, I’ve done more laps.”

Button admitted that McLaren should have kept him in the garage and accepted 10th place – and a free choice of tyres.

“We should have done something else, we shouldn’t have maybe run, we’ve damaged the tyres quite a bit. But we’re racers and we want to go and see what we can do.”

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