Jenson Button: 'Italian Grand Prix qualifying was better than expected for McLaren'

Button: 'Qualifying was better than expected'
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McLaren's Jenson Button admits that the team had a better qualifying session than expected at the Italian Grand Prix.

Jenson Button has admitted that McLaren had a better qualifying session than they had expected at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

The 2009 world champion will start from sixth on the grid in tomorrow's race at Monza alongside teammate Kevin Magnussen on the third row, after the rookie qualified fifth.

The Briton told Sky Sports News: "We've looked pretty good all weekend, and we gradually tweaked the set-up and balance through every session. On my final flying lap in Q3, I didn't get a clean middle sector, I lost a little bit of time through the Lesmos, but we probably qualified better than expected.

"I'm a little surprised at how quick the Williams cars have been, we didn't expect them to be that far in front of us, but we're the third-best team on single-lap pace, which is nice.

"I think things will be a bit more competitive in the race, our Friday long-runs proved somewhat tricky for us, so we'll be aiming for a better race tomorrow. It'll be hotter on Sunday, too, which could potentially help us, so we'll see what happens in the race."

Button has finished on the podium just once so far this season.

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 6, 2014
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