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Button looking forward to tyre challenge in Korea

ESPNF1 Staff
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Jenson Button says tyre degradation is an unknown heading into Sunday's race © Getty Images

Jenson Button admits he has no idea how his McLaren will react on a heavy fuel load and super-soft tyres at the start of Sunday's Korean Grand Prix, but is hoping to work that to his advantage.

Rain prevented the teams completing their usual setup and tyre analysis on Friday, leaving drivers with just an hour of free practice on Saturday morning to understand the two slick tyre compounds ahead of qualifying. Tyre degradation is expected to be high on the super-soft compound through the high-speed sections of the lap, but Button, who starts third, is looking forward to the challenge.

"There's a lot to play for and we really haven't got a clue of what will happen tomorrow in the race in terms of tyre degradation on high fuel, what the car's really going to feel like on high fuel," he said. "A little bit of an unknown, but I'm looking forward to the challenge tomorrow."

Button qualified 0.306s off his team-mate Lewis Hamilton on pole, but said he was not too downbeat with third on the grid.

"It's not perfect because we want to be on pole position," he added. "Congratulations to Lewis on getting the pole, he's been pretty quick all weekend and tough to hold on to. But I'm reasonably happy with where we are, we car race very well from here."