Button: Damaged car led to Q1 exit

By on Saturday, July 9, 2016
McLaren Honda

McLaren Honda

Jenson Button was left to rue a damaged rear wing endplate on his McLaren MP4-31, which led to him being eliminated from the first knockout segment during qualifying for the British Grand Prix.

Button notionally set the 15th quickest time but the damage to his car meant he was unable to return go the circuit.

Button was left to watch on helplessly as rivals improved their times, shuffling the Briton down to 17th position as he prepares to tackle his home race on Sunday.

"It hasn’t been a lucky weekend for me so far," said Button.

"One of the rear-wing endplates became detached from the floor on my first flying lap in Q1, and the rear end of the car slowly deteriorated for the remainder of the lap.

"It happened into Copse, which is where the high-speed corners start, and where you need downforce, so I’m surprised I even did the lap time I did, to be honest.

"We tried to fix it in order go out again for a second run, but sadly we ran out of time.

"We’ll deal with it, and we’ll come out of it stronger. I’ll be hoping for rain and something unexpected to happen in the race, and I’m still aiming for points tomorrow."

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