Jenson Button: 'Gear ratios error costly'

Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren prepares to drive during practice for the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at Hungaroring on July 26, 2013
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McLaren's Jenson Button says that gear ratios cost him in today's Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Jenson Button has blamed the gear ratios in his McLaren for his 10th-placed finish at today's Italian Grand Prix.

The Briton started the race from ninth on the grid, but struggled to overtake in the final part of the Monza race.

The 33-year-old told Autosport: "Today was tough. I think our pace was better than 10th, but we got stuck behind the Toro Rosso and couldn't overtake.

"The problem was that as soon as the fuel load comes down, the straight-line speed is far greater. As soon as we followed anyone we were in a difficult position.

"We got it wrong with the ratios and it's a problem we will hopefully solve for the next one."

The result leaves Button ninth in the drivers' standings.

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso during the final practice session for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza on September 7, 2013
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