Jenson Button was left to rue a broken rear-wing endplate during qualifying for the British Grand Prix that left the McLaren-Honda down in seventeenth and eliminated in Q1.
The Briton was only able to get one lap in during qualifying, which ultimately was not fast enough to make it through to Q2, with his mechanics working hard in a bid to repair the damage only to run out of time.
Button is still confident that he will be able to make progress during Sunday’s race at Silverstone, with a points finish the ambition whether the weather assists them or not on race day.
“It hasn’t been a lucky weekend for me so far. One of the rear-wing endplates became detached from the floor on my first flying lap in Q1, and the rear end of the car slowly deteriorated for the remainder of the lap,” said Button.
“It happened into Turn Eight, which is where the high-speed corners start, and where you need downforce, so I’m surprised I even did the lap time I did, to be honest. We tried to fix it in order go out again for a second run, but sadly we ran out of time.
“Still, I’m smiling because it is what is. We’ll deal with it, and we’ll come out of it stronger. I’ll be hoping for rain and something unexpected to happen in the race, and I’m still aiming for points tomorrow.”