Jenson Button: “Finishing last is unusual for me in conditions like these”

Jenson Button - Credit: McLaren Media Centre

Jenson Button admitted he was surprised to finish last in the wet conditions that he usually excels in, and felt that there was something wrong with his MP4-31 that caused him to struggle, regardless of the compound of tyre he was using.

The McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team driver finished sixteenth having struggled throughout during the race at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace on Sunday, and believed that his car was not reacting in the way he would have hoped despite trying both the Full Wet and Intermediate tyres.

“After today’s race, we need to go back to the factory and work out what it is that’s wrong with the car,” said Button. “During Friday practice, it was working really well; I was comfortable with the car and in the high-speed corners we had a strong rear-end. Yesterday, it wasn’t working, and today it was further exaggerated by the conditions.

“In terms of the restarts, those were very difficult conditions in which to judge what’s right and what’s wrong, but nobody was injured – and that’s the most important thing.

“Finishing last is unusual for me in conditions like these – so there’s definitely something wrong. I don’t think I’ve forgotten how to drive in the wet…”