Button: Front tyre issues the story of my year
7 July 2012 – Jenson Button has labelled the shuddering he is enduring due to low tyre temperatures as 'the story of his year' so far, with the Briton making an early exit from British Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday. The McLaren driver, who was caught by a late yellow flag on his fastest flying lap, will start tomorrow's race from 18th place.
"Yellows, but also it got wet in the last sector, but nowhere else," Button told BBC Sport of the reasons for his exit. "I was 1.7 seconds up on my dash compared to my previous lap, not only would have improved a lot but it would have put us quickest.
"It's a pity but it definitely wasnt meant to be. The good thing is these guys are running round for two more sessions on their tyres and it's going to rain tomorrow. It will be a very difficult race from back in 18th but maybe I'll have better tyres."
Button said the tyre situation was much better on his second set, as he was able to drive straight out of the pit lane without queueing behind his rivals.
"I couldn't get heat in the front tyres, I felt that straight away with shuddering," he began. "I was hitting the brakes, weaving, but I couldn't get heat in the the fronts.
"But at the end, when we put the new tyres on from the blankets and without queuing there was loads of grip, we just couldn't use it. I'd rather put on a much better show for the fans on Saturday, it's the story of my year not getting heat in the fronts."