Button questions pit strategy

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Jenson Button wasn't exactly in the best of moods following the Japanese GP. The McLaren driver will have known from the start that he was unlikely to finish higher than fourth, but that doesn't stop him questioning the pit strategy chosen for him by the team.

"In the early stage of the race, the leaders were having fewer problems with the option tyres than we had expected, so that was a bit of a let-down," said Button. "Then we stayed out too long. We should have changed to the option tyres when the others were going onto primes, because we'd seen that the people on options were faster and that I'd been unable to pull away or to exert any pressure on Alonso and Lewis."

That was why he was so frustrated about being left on the hard compound for so long. "The strategy was always going to be a risky one if the cars around me weren't going to be held up in traffic. That's the risk you take."

Despite his clear annoyance, Button realised that he was never in with a chance of challenging Fernando Alonso or the two Red Bulls, but for him, that was not the issue: "Today, we weren't good enough to beat either Red Bull or Ferrari." He has seen his chances of the retaining the title recede as the job gets harder with each successive race: "I hope that we'll be taking an update package to Korea that will help us get the best out of the car. We arrived here with quite a few new parts, some of which worked well while others still require a bit of work on them. Hopefully, by the time Korea comes round, we'll have the advantage that we were expecting to have here."