A strange oversight led to Button’s retirement early in the Monaco Grand Prix.
|Qualifying time comparison (Q3)
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Not on Hamilton’s pace throughout the weekend and his efforts in qualifying were impeded by Felipe Massa, who Button caught on a quick lap.
An unusual mistake at McLaren led to his early retirement:
I knew after the formation lap that there was a cooling cover left on the left-hand sidepod, where the radiator is.
We thought everything was going to be okay, and it would probably have been fine if we hadn’t had a Safety Car. My car quickly began to overheat and I started losing engine power, so I turned the engine off pretty sharply because the last thing I wanted was to leave engine oil on the racing line.
Today was just one of those days. It was human error, a mistake, and that’s all there is to it.
Fifth place on the grid was probably better than the MP4-25 deserved at a track which did not play to the car’s strengths.
Hamilton only set the tenth-fastest race lap and was noticeably struggling for pace at the end. So much so that he wasn’t leaving Fernando Alonso behind at that great a rate despite Alonso having spent longer on his tyres.
McLaren’s radio communications revealed they were concerned about brake temperatures during the race.
2010 Monaco Grand Prix