Jenson Button's race came to an end on the 35th lap. After failing to finish at Silverstone, the McLaren driver also exited prematurely from the German Grand Prix; a hydraulic problem put his MP4-26 out of action.
Team boss Martin Whitmarsh: "If the pressure drops, then you know that there's an issue with the hydraulics. You can't change gear, and that's it."
Button's race did not begin well. He was in seventh place on the grid, but lost three positions in quick succession. With obvious annoyance, he told us: "I had a terrible first lap. I don't know where I eventually emerged and then couldn't get past Vitaly Petrov."
He finally managed to overtake the Lotus Renault GP driver and then had to contend with Felipe Massa and Sebastian Vettel.
Button: "My pace was good compared to the two drivers in front of me, and it looked like we were in for an interesting time. I had a lot of fun out there."
Button was of the opinion that a good result would have been on the cards at the Nürburgring but for his early retirement: "I don't think that we would've finished in the top three, but fourth place was a definite possibility."