Nov 4, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT
Jenson Button said he only had himself to blame for the first-lap collision which ruined his race in Abu Dhabi.
“You make your own luck when you start down in 12th – where first-lap congestion is inevitable – and, sure enough, there was a little bit of argy-bargy into turn one,” Button reflected afterwards.
“I duly locked-up both my front tyres, couldn’t slow the car down sufficiently, and drove into the back of Paul [di Resta], which broke my front-wing end-plate.”
Button had to pit early on lap two, which was the third time in four races Button has suffered damage at the start of a race. “It’s a real pity to keep on having first-lap incidents,” he said, “especially when the car is working reasonably well now”.
“I’ve been in a similar situation for the past two races, and things haven’t really gone my way,” Button reflected.
“Still, I managed 44 laps on the prime [tire] – and, in terms of getting the most out of what we had, that felt positive.” That stint was the longest unbroken run by any driver during the race.
“All in all, given how far behind we were after lap two, to finish so close to tenth by the checker wasn’t so bad”.
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