Chinese Grand Prix 2013: Sebastian Vettel can still win – Jenson Button

Chinese Grand Prix 2013: McLaren's Jenson Button believes that Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel can still win despite starting from ninth

By James Dutton
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Jenson Button will start from eighth in Shanghai Photo: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

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Jenson Button believes that Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel can still win the Chinese Grand Prix, despite placing ninth in the grid.

Button will start in eighth, after Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton earnt his maiden pole position of the season.

Button, like Vettel, sacrificed grid positions to start the race on the more durable medium compound.

Button said: “We have a very fast car next to us [Vettel]. He is starting just behind me on slightly newer tyres.

“He is the guy who is really going to challenge at the front for the win.”

Button fears though that his McLaren is not fast enough to fight for podium places.

“For us, we just have to hold on and see where we end up. But this is the best option for us given where we are with the car,” he said.

“We’re eighth or seven tenths off the pace so we’re a long way off the front.

“It’s great we’ve got the parts on the car. But you always want more. We’ve made a small gain but it’s not as big as we would hope.

“I’ve looked at a few of the tyres of the soft runners and they looked grained [when the surface tears, reducing grip],”

“Not as bad as we saw in Melbourne [at the first race] but they look grained, and it’s going to be cooler so we’re going to see the graining we saw yesterday on high fuel.

“They’re going to struggle with that at the start of the race. Hopefully we can get a good start and at some point we should find some clear air in front of us.

“I don’t think any of us understand the tyres around here. The race is an hour later than qualifying [at 0800 BST] and it will be cooler so hopefully the soft tyres will be a struggle, but we have to run them in the end.

“It’s going to be an interesting first few laps – a lot of fun for the fans and interesting for us.”

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