Jenson Button couldn't hide his frustration at failing to fulfil his objective of qualifying inside the top ten for the Singapore Grand Prix, saying the McLaren-Honda isn't as fast as he was expecting around the Marina Bay Circuit.

Following lacklustre weekends in Belgium and Italy as the limitations of the Honda power unit dictated its form, McLaren came to Singapore with far higher hopes of proving competitive around a more chassis-dependent venue.

However, while both Button and Fernando Alonso have been comfortably in the mid-field, Button admits the pace hasn't been as strong as he had anticipated and while his 15th place in qualifying was partly down to an ill-timed yellow flag, he says the car was poor to drive on new tyres regardless.

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"We wouldn't have got into Q3 because the lap wasn't good enough. It is a shame because the last couple of races I had really good qualifying sessions.

"The whole weekend has been tough for me, I have been dogged by massive understeer I just can't get rid of. When you do the second run in qualifying, the brakes heat up, the tyres overheat and I really struggled."

Looking ahead to the race, Button is pessimistic about his chances of landing points as well, saying he won't be able to do achieve it on pace alone.

"I haven't had a good weekend, but I don't think as a team we have delivered what we had hoped. It is a weird circuit, so there is always a bit of action, so we will see what happens, but we won't be top ten through sheer pace, it will be through others misfortune and maybe strategy."