Fernando Alonso showed the best side of McLaren on track getting into Q3 and fighting to the end for the seventh position on the grid, although it will eventually come in the tenth place. The cross of the currency for Woking was the classification of a Jenson Button, for the third time in the last four grand Prizes, and for the fifth time this year, was eliminated in Q1.
While Alonso was consistently times in the range of 1:12 low throughout the three rounds, Button was unable to lower of 1:13 with his car, and committed a pair of errors in the turns decisive that you got out of the next round in 17th place, after the Renault of Jolyon Palmer. Immediately after, commented on by radio to his team that the issues “had been solved”, in ironic tone.
After qualifying, Button lamented that the car had been lost since the morning the balance achieved in the session of Friday’s free, and that the lack of temperature had caused an excess of grip on the rear wheels, which proved fatal in the lap times:
“The car was well balanced yesterday, it was the tenth fastest, and today was a car completely different. Obviously, it had new engine, new gearbox and new rear-wheel drive, but even so… When you make less heat, we usually have more grip behind, but in the fast corners is so high that the rear wheels wreck in slow corners. There is no reason why that should have so much grip, and so it has been since this morning, we had not had pace and we still have it“.
Discouraged by a classification which, again, has not responded to the expectations of pilot and equipment, Button is showed perplexed before the problems and the lack of results that you have joined recently, that could be his last race in Formula 1: “there’s Only one leaderboard, something that I’m pretty happy for now. The last six races have been terrible, I don’t know why“.