Button baffled by handling issues
12 May 2012 – Jenson Button will start Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix from 11th on the grid, having been left frustrated and confused as his car would not respond properly in qualifying. To rub salt into the wounds, McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton seized the team’s 150th pole position at his first at the Circuit de Catalunya.
When asked what caused his problem, Button told BBC Sport:
“I don’t know. All day I’ve struggled with the balance. Yesterday the car was fantastic, we were quickest on the Soft tyre in second practice and I thought we’d be reasonably competitive and get into Q3. I’ve just been struggling with the balance, the car is very different I don’t know why that it.
“I had a lot of oversteer and then on that final run I had a lot of understeer, so I don’t know what’s going on with the car. So there you go; I’m out in Q2 and we don’t have any Option tyres left. The speed with Lewis’ car is there but I don’t really know what’s going on with mine.”
Button will share Row 6 with Mark Webber, but the Red Bull driver has saved no less than four sets of new tyres. Between them, the Englishman and Australian had collected the previous three F1 pole positions on offer in Barcelona.