Singapore GP: Jenson Button ready to take more risks

Jenson Button knows that McLaren will have to take risks in the remaining races if they are to secure their first podium of the year.

Button and team-mate Sergio Perez finished seventh and eighth in Singapore, earning McLaren 10 points.

"It's all about taking chances, we thought we had the chance of a podium," said Button.

Need for speed

Marina Bay is the second slowest circuit of the year after Monaco, with an average speed of 157kph, just under 100mph

"It was was good fun trying though and we have to take risks if we want to get podium finishes this year."

Button, 33, sits ninth in the drivers' championship with 54 points - 193 behind leader Sebastian Vettel.

"I did most of my set up work on the [super-soft] option tyre because all weekend the [medium] prime has been a strange tyre for me - and it was last year - so it was a tricky race.

"With Kimi [Raikkonen] behind me for so long it destroyed my rear tyres quite a bit. Maybe the best thing to do would have been to let him go but how do you do that? It's just not racing.

"I had a lot of fun out there but the last 10 laps were mighty painful you could say - not my style of driving at all but we got some good points for the team so it's not so bad."

Singapore GP stats

  • Track temperature: 29C
  • Air temperature: 29C
  • Ave wind speed: 1.8 metres per second
  • Humidity: 66%
  • Fastest lap: S Vettel 1 min 48.574 secs
  • Fastest speeds:
  • Sector 1: A Sutil & P Di Resta 302 kph (163mph)
  • Sector 2: V Bottas, A Sutil & N Rosberg 270kph (168mph)
  • Sector 3: M Webber 244kph (152mph)
  • Speed Trap: N Rosberg 297kph (185mph)

The safety car was cited as a problem by Button, as well as Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn, who felt is was a "frustrating race" after the safety car came out at what was "just the wrong time" for them.

It was deployed on lap 25 when Daniel Ricciardo crashed at Turn 18.

"The crash was my error, trying to make up for lost ground," said the Toro Rosso driver.

"At the start, my car just seemed to sit there without moving off the line. It was very frustrating to lose so many places right away.

"I think I went down five places from ninth on the grid to 14th. So I was on the back foot from then on, just trying to do the best I could. In the second stint, my engineer came on the radio and said: 'The pace is good, keep pushing.'

"I was aware that for the pace we had, we were not doing too badly and maybe at the end I was just trying to get too much out of it and made that mistake."

Elsewhere Force India's Paul Di Resta also fell foul of the track when he crashed with just five laps to go.

A place for champions

The Singapore GP has only ever been won by F1 champions - Fernando Alonso in 2008 and 2010, Lewis Hamilton in 2009 and Vettel for the past three years.

The Scot was in the chase for points when he retired for the fourth successive race.

"It's such a shame to come away with nothing to show from a race where we had put ourselves in a position to score some valuable points," he said.

"I'm still not sure what happened, but I took the corner the same way as I had done the previous lap and the car went straight on and wouldn't stop. The team is investigating what happened."