Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have been left to lick their wounds after qualifying, where the McLaren cars were found wanting on pace, relative to the front-running Red Button was upbeat despite McLaren's lack of pace this weekend Bulls and Ferraris at this weekend’s German Grand Prix.

Button and Hamilton will start from the third row of the grid for the race, with Button out-qualifying Hamilton in a usual break from 2010 tradition.

After lining up nearly a second slower than the pole-sitting Sebastian Vettel, Hamilton was forced to concede that the team was “just not fast enough” this weekend.

“I never expect to be sixth, for sure, but I’ve been saying for a long time that generally we are the third fastest team and today the two teams in front did a better job,” he added. “And my lap wasn’t fantastic, but that’s the way it is.”

Button echoed his team-mate’s thoughts when speaking with the press after qualifying.

“For me it was a good lap and I don’t think there was anything else I could’ve got out of the car,” he said. “To be seven-tenths behind is a little frustrating.

“The car feels good around here. It’s just not enough in qualifying spec. Hopefully tomorrow we’ll see some more performance in the car,” he added.

[Original image via AUTOSPORT]

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