Jenson Button: “It’s disappointing that we didn’t score”

Jenson Button - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Jenson Button had a shorter than planned Belgian Grand Prix after a first lap clash with Pascal Wehrlein at Les Combes damaged his car beyond repair, and felt it was a missed opportunity to score points.

The McLaren-Honda driver had started ninth on the grid and was hoping for a top ten finish at Spa-Francorchamps, only to run wide at La Source to put him out of position, which left him in the wrong place at the wrong time later in the lap when Wehrlein hit him.

“We looked really good for points today, so it’s disappointing that we didn’t score any, but it happens,” said Button. “I’ve been around long enough to know these things happen.

“I had a really good start – I got ahead of a Williams, pulled in front of a Red Bull and drew alongside a Force India. But then I lost a lot of places at La Source and ran wide. I rejoined the track, but Pascal [Wehrlein] made contact with me at Turn Five, damaging the rear of my car. There was a lot of damage and we were unable to complete the race.

“After such a short race, there’s not much more to say!”