Jenson Button says he is chasing single-lap performance ahead of qualifying despite high levels of tyre degradation in Malaysia.

13986 - Button chasing qualifying performance at Sepang

The race is likely to be highly dependent on tyre management, with Lewis Hamilton admitting that his focus was on finding the ideal race setup. Button, however, is targeting pace in qualifying as he believes the race will be easier to control if he can put the car on pole position having won in Australia after leading in to turn one.

"We want a good race car, but the aim for tomorrow is pole," Button said. "You make your life a lot easier if you start from pole position, so we're putting a lot of work into single-lap performance."

Having finished the two practice sessions in ninth and third places respectively, Button added that he was expecting a number of short stints during the race as the lack of track grip was causing the tyres to wear out quickly.

"The morning was a little frustrating: we had an oil leak which cut my session short, but it didn't really matter as the track was still dirty.

"In the afternoon, I did some positive running on both tyre compounds - I think we have a good understanding of the tyre. But it's going to be tough on both compounds around here with all the humidity and the heat. I think the race will be tough for all of us - unless the circuit improves a great deal, there's going to be quite a few stops on Sunday!"