Jenson Button accepted responsibility for a first lap collision that compromised his progress at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Button started from 12th place but damaged his McLaren MP4-28 when he hit the back of Paul di Resta’s Force India.
It was the second time in the space of a week that the 2009 world champion was involved in an opening lap shunt.
“You make your own luck when you start down in 12th – where first-lap congestion is inevitable – and, sure enough, there was a little bit of argy-bargy into Turn One,” he said.
“I duly locked-up both my front tyres, couldn’t slow the car down sufficiently, and drove into the back of Paul, which broke my front-wing end-plate.”
“It’s a real pity to keep on having first-lap incidents, especially when the car is working reasonably well now.”
Button eventually came home in 12th place.
“I’ve been in a similar situation for the past two races, and things haven’t really gone my way.”
“Still, I managed 44 laps on the Prime – and, in terms of getting the most out of what we had, that felt positive.”
“So, all in all, given how far behind we were after lap two, to finish so close to 10th by the chequered [flag] wasn’t so bad.”