Jenson Button says his technical gremlins during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix have made matters difficult for McLaren-Honda ahead of the race.

The Englishman, along with team-mate Fernando Alonso, had been enjoying a positive weekend, with the MP4-30 proving more competitive around the Hungaroring's high downforce configuration, where the limiting factor of its Honda engine proves less detrimental.

However, ongoing reliability woes reared again during Q1, with a lack of KERS power down the straight costing Button an estimated three tenths. Missing the cut for Q2 by just a tenth, Button was frustrated to miss out on progressing in a car he feels more competitive in this weekend.

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"We didn't have any electric deployment, which is a lot of power on the home straight. We lost three tenths, which is a lot of lap time and not something you can make up with where we are.

"I have really enjoyed driving it this weekend. In qualifying it felt good. I know we are not quick, but the balance feels right and that is all you can go by. We thought we would be easy into Q2, it could have been 12th or 13th. It is what it is, it is a shame

Looking ahead to the race, Button says it will be difficult for his car especially to make the progress it needs to hope for a top ten finish.

"It is going to be a tough race, it is difficult to overtake and we definitely can't overtake here. We will have to see what we can do with strategy. We have made it tough for ourselves but we will see what we can do."


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