Button laments loss of power in Q3
25 May 2013 – Jenson Button was left to ponder what might have been after suffering a technical issue during the shootout qualifying phase in Monte-Carlo on Saturday afternoon, with the McLaren driver unable to complete a representative final lap after losing power.
Button, who claimed pole position and victory at the venue in 2009, will start the race from ninth position, two positions behind Mexican team-mate Sergio Pérez.
"I’m not sure what happened on my final lap in Q3," said Button. "We had an issue with the car right at the end – I didn’t have any power, so I couldn’t post a quick lap.
"It’s a pity because, apart from that problem, which we also saw a sign of at the end of Q2, it had been a great qualifying session for me. The team did a great job in terms of putting me out on the right tyres at the right time, while I felt I was driving well, making the most of the conditions. Tomorrow’s race will be difficult, starting from P9, but on this occasion there’s absolutely nothing I could have done about it."
In the sister McLaren, Pérez believes he extracted the maximum from his package.
"It’s not great to cross the finish line, feel like you’ve just done a mega lap, and find that you’re only seventh," explained Pérez. "Still, I put in a really strong performance here today, and I felt like I’d really maximised the full potential of the car.
"We know we’re not quite there yet performance-wise, so we need to keep pushing. But the team has done a fantastic job, and I hope we can keep the momentum going tomorrow and score some good points. Anything can happen at Monaco on Sunday."