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.
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."