Jenson Button was left frustrated by qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix, admitting that he was annoyed to have been blocked by Felipe Massa in Q3.
Button only just made it through the final stage of qualifying after setting the tenth quickest time in Q2 but saw his first flying lap in the final stage of qualifying affected by Massa – who had slowed to try and secure more free space for his own run.
Admitting he had also struggled on the option Bridgestone tyre, Button said he was frustrated that eighth on the grid will make it hard to make the most of the pace in his McLaren car and said it had been a difficult day at the office.
“In Q1 my car felt pretty good on the harder tyres, but we didn't run them in Q3, which was a little bit of a shame as it was probably the better option,” he said. “Like everyone else, we ran the softer tyre at the end, and I struggled on it – there was a lot of movement at the rear and understeer in the low-speed corners. It didn't feel great, to be honest.
“I don't really know what Felipe was thinking in Q3 – there were only ten cars out there, so it should have been relatively easy for him to keep out of the way of other cars. I guess he obviously wasn't looking in his mirrors. I don't know what my laptime on that lap would have been, but it was annoying because that lap was compromised. The next lap was compromised as well because I obviously got a bad run onto the pit straight.
“Our race pace has looked great all weekend, so it's frustrating to be where we are now, because the likelihood is that we simply won't be able to deploy that pace in the race. To sum it up, then, I'll just say that today was a tough day.”