World Championship leader Jenson Button believes that the Brawn BGP001’s long distance pace will stand him in good stead for challenging for Bahrain Grand Prix Victory.
This is a point echoed by Team Principal Ross Brawn, who believes that cooler weather conditions during tomorrow’s race will play into his team’s hands.
Button will line up 4th on the grid, with Rubens Barrichello in 6th place. The veteran claiming that traffic hampered his final Qualifying run in the Top-Ten Shootout.
Jenson Button – 4th: “We were aiming for pole position today but unfortunately it wasn’t our best qualifying session of the season and the pace just wasn’t there. I didn’t have a great lap on my final run in Q3 and we were struggling for grip on the corner exits and locking tyres throughout the session. We were surprised by our lack of pace and the quicker pace of our competitors today who have obviously made advances and caught up quickly. It’s going to be a tough race tomorrow however our long-run pace with heavy fuel was really competitive on Friday so that will stand us in good stead if we can get a clean start.”
Rubens Barrichello – 6th: “Unfortunately qualifying didn’t go as well as we planned today. I suffered from traffic on my final run in Q3 when I was in the middle of a group were taking it slowly on their out laps. That was different to my approach and meant that I couldn’t get enough temperature into the tyres which compromised my quick lap. Our competitors are improving and it will be interesting to see how that affects the race. It’s going to be tough but I am confident that good points are possible tomorrow.”
Ross Brawn: “The track and ambient temperatures are incredibly high here today and we are learning all the time how to make the tyres and chassis work in such extreme conditions. The track has evolved since morning practice and neither driver was completely happy with the balance of their car. However we were able to make progress through the sessions and have secured decent grid positions for the race tomorrow. The forecast is for slightly cooler weather which should be beneficial for the performance of the track and car. We will reflect on our qualifying performance overnight and see what we can learn ahead of the race.”