Jenson Button will hope that history doesn't repeat itself after only qualifying in 14th place for the penultimate round of the F1 season in Brazil.

The result of the session equalled Button's worst qualifying performance of the season - and on that occasion he crashed out of the Belgian Grand Prix on the opening lap.

Having already seen Sebastian Vettel fall at the first hurdle in a challenging session that ran to almost three hours due to poor weather conditions, Button struggled with his car during Q2 and was slowest of the cars to set a time during the second phase of qualifying to leave him with work to do on race day.

The Briton's hopes weren't helped when Brawn GP team-mate Rubens Barrichello then stuck the sister car on pole position.

"It was a crazy qualifying session today and it's obviously very disappointing to have only qualified in 14th position," Button reflected. "The first session went well and our pace was reasonably good in the wet which was encouraging. The track had dried out a little for Q2 so we made some small set-up changes but the balance of the car just felt transformed.

"I had massive understeer for the first few laps and tried everything that I could to set a time but the pace just wasn't there. By the third lap, the rear tyres started to go away, leaving me with no rear grip, and I just couldn't improve my time. It's going to make the race very tough tomorrow as I will be right in the middle of the pack but I'll make the most of it and any opportunities to make progress."

Team boss Ross Brawn played down talk that Button's failure to make it to Q3 had been down to the team's decision not to fit intermediate tyres to the car and said the lack of balance he had faced had been 'unexpected'.

"The lack of balance which Jenson experienced on his set of wet tyres was unexpected and proved costly as we believed it was possible to get through without using intermediates," he said, "which proved with hindsight to be the wrong strategy.

"Jenson went for the lap right at the end but unfortunately the pace was just not there. Rubens did a fantastic job today to get the pole position. The car has been working well all weekend and the potential was evident from the result that he achieved in Q3."

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