Button mystified by loss of pace
11 June 2012 – ‘Highly perplexed’ may be an understatement when describing Jenson Button’s current state of mind, with the 2009 World Champion having now scored just two points in his last four races. In Canada, the McLaren driver’s team-mate may have won, but he struggled ever since practice started on Friday.
Having missed the majority of Friday’s running after his gearbox had to be changed, not once but twice and on a circuit which demands a good car setup, Button qualified in the bottom of the top ten before struggling to 16th place on Sunday.
“I love driving an F1 car, so it is not because of my confidence and it is not related to the tyres either,” Button told reporters after the race. “There would be no reason why I would be the only one who was unable to make the tyres work here.”
When asked why he is off the pace by such a margin, Button replied:
“I haven’t got a clue. It is just that, every time we have a good idea, it just doesn’t seem to work and we make no progress. I am not two seconds slower than Lewis (Hamilton) but today I was just out of the front pack by a long way.
“This has been like this for the last couple of races and I’m not sure why – usually this is something I am pretty good at, but not driving one and a half seconds down on the leaders.”
With his spectacular Montreal victory of last year now all but a distant memory, Button has dropped behind Romain Grosjean to eighth in the 2012 Drivers’ Championship; furthermore, he trails his leading team-mate by 43 points.