It was a difficult qualifying session for Jenson Button in Brazil, not even making it out of Q1 after a promising showing in the practice sessions on Friday.
Blaming the weather conditions, cooler and windier than on Friday, Jenson Button complained that the balance of the car had changed, which relegated him to be battling with the Renault and Manor drivers, rather than Fernando Alonso who made his way though to the final part of qualifying once again this season.
The outgoing McLaren driver said after qualifying: “The car was really well balanced yesterday, and I was 10th quickest in FP2; today, it was a completely different car.
“There’s definitely something not right – there’s no reason why the car should feel like it does; but it’s been like that since this morning. We’re off the pace and it’s frustrating.
“When the conditions are cooler, you tend to pick up a little more rear grip and stability, and in high-speed the car is so on the nose. Then you destroy the rear tyres for the low-speed corners; you don’t have the grip because the tyres are damaged.
“Still, it’s done now, and tomorrow’s another day…”
His teammate Fernando Alonso will start the race from 10th.