Britain's Jenson Button will start from a lowly 18th place on the grid tomorrow after suffering his worst qualifying performance of the season Saturday at Silverstone.

The Honda man lost out in Q1 after problems with traffic and a yellow flag left him unable to set a good clean lap and get through to Q2.

Speaking after he conceded that he was gutted by his predicament, especially as he had come into the British GP event hopeful that he might be able to get a point or two after an encouraging performance in France last weekend. Now such hopes don't look very likely.

"What can I say? I'm obviously massively disappointed with the way qualifying went, here at Silverstone, in front of my home crowd," he reflected.

"On my first run I got traffic from one of the BMW Saubers. Then in the second I let Anthony [Davidson] through because he was on a quick lap. He went off which brought the yellow flags out and that was that.

"As ever in this situation, the race is going to be a tough one, made all the more difficult here. We will just have to do what we can from where we are now."

Button meanwhile was presented with the Hawthorn Memorial Trophy on Thursday, prior to the British GP weekend, for his performances in 2006. The Hawthorn Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the most successful British or Commonwealth driver in the FIA Formula One World Championship.

"Jenson rose through the ranks of British motor sport and we were delighted to see him claim his maiden victory in Hungary last year," said Colin Hilton, chief executive of the MSA, who presented the trophy to JB.

"The British motor sport scene is still the best in the world as illustrated by the fact that no fewer than nine of the current F1 grid cut their teeth in our championships."



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