Jenson Button's nightmare season continued at the European Grand Prix on Saturday, when he once again failed to make it through to the second session and was knocked out in Q1.

Speaking after only qualifying 17th, one place better than he managed at the British Grand Prix two weeks ago, the Englishman said that he was absolutely gutted to be so far down the grid.

He also added that it will be all but impossible now to get any points on Sunday at the Nurburgring: "I'm massively disappointed. I thought we would qualify a lot higher but I didn't have the grip and balance that I've had on new tyres all weekend," he moaned.

"We had reasonable pace on Friday with race fuel but with this many cars in front it is always going to be a struggle to get near the points."

To make matters worse for Button not only was he slower than his team-mate, Rubens Barrichello, who will start from 14th, but he was also slower than the other two Honda powered cars of Anthony Davidson and Takuma Sato, who will start 15th and 16th respectively for Super Aguri.

Indeed, while Barrichello did concede that qualifying was difficult, he was only 0.3 seconds off getting into Q3 and the top-ten shoot-out for pole.

"Today's qualifying was tough. We needed around three or four tenths more to make the difference and it wasn't possible to get any more out of the car today," added the Brazilian. "I was generally pretty happy with my runs but my quick lap at the end of Q2 wasn't so good because it was difficult to a good out-lap due to traffic."

 

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