• Italian Grand Prix - Qualifying

Button thanks team for F-duct choice

ESPNF1 Staff
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Jenson Button was happy with the decision to run the F-duct © Getty Images
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Jenson Button praised the decision of his team to run with the F-duct set-up configuration after he qualified on the front row for the Italian Grand Prix.

Team-mate Lewis Hamilton conversely opted to run without the device and run lower wing levels, finishing fifth on the grid as a result.

"I want to say a bit thank you to the team," said Button. "We came here not quite sure which approach to take in terms of down-force and efficiency, but I think our side definitely make the right decision to run the higher down-force level so I just want to say a big thanks to them, it was a great decision.

"In Q3 you've just got to push that little bit more. But it's very tricky, as Fernando has said, you push a little bit and sometimes you go slower. Out of Ascari I got a bit of oversteer and ran wide off the circuit. But still I'm very happy to be second, this is the first time I've been on the front row of the grid this season. It's a step forward and I've been very happy with the car's performance and the approach we've had this weekend. So a good start and hopefully a competitive race."

Button explained the reason for his decision to go with the higher downforce setting as more suited to his style around the circuit.

"You've got more down-force so you can break later. You can carry more speed through corners and you have to push very hard. It's different to running low down-force, you've got to make the time up in the corners with low down-force. Most of the time comes in the straight and you have to tip-toe through the corners. When you have high down-force you've got to be aggressive and you've got to push the car and I feel that it worked in qualifying. We weren't 100% sure it was going to, but it did and we were looking good."