A lack of grip in his McLaren has seen Jenson Button plummet to 11th on the grid for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix after a disappointing qualifying session.
The defending World Champion failed to make the Q3 cut for the third time this season, with his best time in that phase of qualifying some 1.7 seconds off the pace of the dominant red Bull duo of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.
It seems that the same issue that caused him to miss Q3 at the British Grand Prix struck him again – a complete lack of grip.
“In practice the car was working really well, but in qualifying I just couldn’t find a balance,” a perplexed Button told the media afterwards.
“We changed the car a little bit, but it didn’t help a lot. The weather changed a bit [since the morning practice session]. I was happy with the car this morning, but this afternoon there was just no grip. It wasn’t a great session and I’m not really happy,” he added.
Two things very much in Button’s favour for a points finish in the race are that he is starting on the cleaner side of the grid and will be first of the runners to have free rein over his tyre selection for the start of the race.
“I’ve [also] got two new sets of tyres for the race as well. Hopefully we can fight from there,” he added.
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