Jenson Button says he can see the funny side of his massive penalty ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix as he prepares to take a 25-place grid 'drop', which will be translated into a stop-go race penalty.

The McLaren-Honda driver - along with team-mate Fernando Alonso - has been beset by issues all weekend, with both receiving various component changes that add up to a 25 place grid penalty for each one.

With just 20 cars on the grid and Button going on to qualify 17th, the former champion admits he can only smile when he sees the extent of his penalties when weighed against the drivers competing.

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"I think you have to have a smile on your face, and when you see a 25 place penalty it does make you smile when there are only 20 cars on the grid!"

Despite this, Button refuses to brand the penalties ludicrous, insisting all teams agreed to it and this is how McLaren will have to handle it.

As for qualifying itself, Button says he enjoyed driving the MP4-30 in the damp conditions as he briefly topped the timesheets, but would lose out by being the first car past the chequered flag as most lapping behind him improved and dropped him down the order.

"I think there would have been a chance of Q3 [had it stayed damp], it just hasn't been my weekend," he said. "Those conditions are always good fun because it is not just about the car you are driving or the performance it gives you out there, you have to find your own feet. I think I was P1 for a while and it was looking strong, but when everyone finds their feet and the circuit dries it [17th] is basically how quick the package is."