During the morning's free practice session, Jenson Button had still been professing himself satisfied with his car. But in the crucial third segment of qualifying, he found himself struggling with oversteer.
While Lewis Hamilton will be starting from third place in tomorrow's European Grand Prix, Jenson Button could manage no better than sixth. "This is not good," said Button. "In fact, it's frustrating." In Q2, the McLaren MP4-26 had still felt fine, but in the final segment, the car developed oversteer.
"I don't know why I suddenly had these problems," the Englishman continued. "But I had absolutely no grip at the rear. In the morning, the car was still great, so maybe the heat has ruined the balance of the car. I hadn't expected problems of this kind – I was getting oversteer on both the soft and the medium tyres."
McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh can understand the disappointment of his driver: "Jenson's weekend got off to a slow start, but he's a great driver who can still pull something out of the bag in the race." And Button hasn't given up hope: "It's not a great starting place on the grid, but we can change the tyre pressure and the balance for tomorrow and still have a good race."