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Button rues driving error in final qualifying run

ESPNF1 Staff
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Jenson Button will start Sunday's race from seventh on the grid © Getty Images

Jenson Button said a mistake in the last corner of his final qualifying run cost him dear as he qualified a disappointing seventh for the European Grand Prix.

Without the mistake, Button believes he would have been as high as fourth behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

"Qualifying was going to be tough for us, we thought here, with people having new updates, but it was all looking good until the last corner of qualifying," said Button. "I was pretty happy with the car and I locked up into the last corner. I got a bit of oversteer through the quick right-hander before that and I think I just set the car a little bit wrong for the last corner.

"I locked up and ran wide and lost two tenths, which was massive. That's P4, so it's very disappointing. Let's hope for a better race tomorrow."

Button, who lies just three points adrift of his team-mate in the drivers' standings, admitted he was surprised by the pace of the Red Bulls as Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber locked out the front row for Sunday's race.

"Surprised by the speed of the Red Bulls and a little bit surprised... I thought the other cars would also be on the Red Bull's pace.

"I think the Red Bulls have proved that they've got the F-duct working. So they are very competitive and I can't see them being slow in the race either. I spoke to Mark [Webber] yesterday and he seemed pretty confident."