Button's Silverstone curse bumps him off Q3 by 0.05s

© F1 Pulse, 29 June 2013
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Jenson Button’s ill luck at the British Grand Prix continued after the McLaren driver qualified a disappointing 11th in front of his home fans on Saturday.

The Briton missed getting into the final leg of qualifying by five-hundredths of a second at a circuit where he has never been on the podium despite being the driver who has the most number of British GPs under his belt from the current grid.

Such has been his poor run at the British GP that the McLaren driver has only two top-ten starts in his last eight appearances at Silverstone.

But considering that dismal position his team is in this season, the 2009 world champion was content with the result.

“I’m higher on the grid than I expected after practice,” Button said after qualifying. “Yesterday, I didn’t think we’d qualify ahead of one Ferrari and just behind the two Lotuses.

“I think 11th was the best we could have realistically achieved. Even if we’d got into Q3, we’d probably have been 10th; so starting 11th means I’ll have a new set of tyres and will start from the clean side of the grid,” he explained.

 

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