McLaren’s Jenson Button lays the blame for his poor qualifying performance firmly at the feet of a lack of talent technical problem encountered by his MP4-25 during his final qualifying run.

The 2009 champion will line up a disappointing 8th at the circuit where he took victory the year before in a Brawn GP Mercedes.

Speaking with the BBC, Button said: "Through qualifying it was getting better and better but then on the last run something was a bit wrong; something felt wrong, so we’re going to have a look at the car now and see what that was. I’m surprised I was eighth, actually, because it was struggling around on the last lap."

Perhaps already feeling the pressure against his team-mate Lewis Hamilton – who qualified an impressive 4th – Jenson used the opportunity to take a cheap shot at his team-mate in relation to the gap of over 1 second to the pole position time of Sebastian Vettel. Button Bahrain Q (AU)

Um, shouldn’t you be worrying about your own lack of pace, Jenson?

When you look at the difference in lap time to P1, it’s massive – over one second," Button said. "It’s a big surprise."

For Hamilton, the feeling was – unsurprisingly – quite the opposite.

"We generally don’t have the same pace as the Red Bulls and Ferraris, so I was really surprised when I came through,” Hamilton told the BBC. “I saw that I was P4 but I didn’t know that there were still loads of people behind me.

"I am absolutely overwhelmed with that position – I think it’s great for us, a great starting point – and I hope that tomorrow we can either just keep that or maybe take one more."

When quizzed about the gap to the pole position time, Hamilton said: “I think it’s downforce. We’re generally quite weak in the middle sector – I think we lose almost a second there."

In spite of the famous F-vent? Interesting…

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