‘That’s just the way it is’ – Button 12th on grid
26 May 2012 – Monaco has seen Jenson Button eliminated from qualifying for the second consecutive race in 2012. The winner of three years ago will start from even further back than last time out in Spain, this time coming from 12th despite picking up one place.
Button moves up one position from where he qualified by virtue of Pastor Maldonado’s grid penalty. However, after struggling for sufficient levels of grip, the McLaren driver is still required to start the 78-lap encounter from the sixth row of the grid.
“Monaco is all about qualifying – that’s just the way it is – but I didn’t quite have the pace this afternoon,” he explained. “The car felt good this morning and we looked strong, but then we couldn’t translate that performance when it mattered.
“It’s strange, because it’s there at certain points of the weekend – even this morning, in P3, the car felt good and I was pretty happy. I’m hoping that our pace will be better in the race – but it’s very tricky to overtake here. The drivers around me are going to be on the same strategy, so it’s going to be tough but as always we’ll do our best.”
Team-mate Lewis Hamilton enjoyed a better day to seize third position.