Jenson Button says he expects he will be qualifying towards the back of the grid for the Bahrain Grand Prix after an interrupted first day of running restricted him to just 15 laps.

The former champion missed the entirety of FP1 after a technical issue saw him spin at turn one on his first flying lap, before intermittent gremlins hampered his mileage in FP2 as well.

A frustrating day that would leave him 19th on the timesheets with just 15 laps to his name, Button admits the lack of running in the Honda-powered car will likely hamper him for qualifying, though he is more positive about the car's race pace.

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"There were a few [problems]," he said. "I stopped on circuit as a safety precaution for the engine. They got the car back pretty quickly which was good. The guys worked really hard, from P1 to P2 they did a great job, but we still had our problems in P2.

"Then I went out on the soft tyre, I had to come back in, and then I went out on low fuel when everyone else was on high fuel, so it was difficult to get in any running, so not a great day.

"There was a lot of useful data from the other car, but the frustrating thing is our cars were set up quite differently to get a lot of useful information about parts and what have you, and we weren't able to do that on our car. It doesn't help either of us for tomorrow, but hopefully we've resolved the issues I've had.

"The trouble is P3 is so hot, it's not really representative for qualifying. It's going to be a tricky qualifying session. I suppose for us at the moment we're going to qualify near the back. In reality it's not such a problem. The race pace is something that is more important."