Jenson Button missed out on the chance to fight for pole position at his home grand prix after posting only the 14th-best time in the second stage of qualifying at Silverstone.
Despite briefly topping the times in the early moments of the session, the reigning world champion dropped rapidly down the order and, complaining of a lack of rear grip, was twice unable to improve on 14th. While McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton ended the 15-minute session safely in the top ten, albeit a full second off Mark Webber's Red Bull, Button joins the likes of rookies Nico Hulkenberg and Vitaly Petrov in missing the cut.
Indeed, the Briton will start outside Williams newcomer Hulkenberg, despite the German clearly being blocked by Tonio Liuzzi on an earlier flying lap, with the Force India driver lining up immediately behind Button with only Petrov and Sebastien Buemi behind him. Adrian Sutil and Kamui Kobayashi came closest to making the cut, with the German having been dumped into the drop zone late on by Mercedes' Nico Rosberg.
Rosberg staged his escape from the bottom seven, having been pushed backwards by an improvement from Robert Kubica that guaranteed Renault a presence in the top ten, but few could live with the pace of Red Bull, which again took a 1-2 result.
Webber ended the session with a comfortable cushion over team-mate Sebastian Vettel after recording a 1min 30.114secs best, while Ferrari gave chase in third and fourth with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. The shoot-out qualifiers are completed by Michael Schumacher, who defied 15th in the opening session, Rubens Barrichello and Pedro de la Rosa.