Jenson Button admitted McLaren’s pace in qualifying was “disappointing”.
Speaking after qualifying seventh, two places behind Lewis Hamilton, he said: “It’s always frustrating when you’re not quick.
“We didn’t have the pace that we thought we would. We always know that our race pace is better than qualifying but I’m surprised to be where we are, yes.
“My last run was looking really good and then I over-drove and started locking up and lost a bit of time.
“I was very close to just pipping Nico [Rosberg] at the end but it didn’t happen”.
He denied his car was set-up for the anticipated wet conditions tomorrow, saying: “No, not specifically.
“But Formula 1 cars these days, you don’t set the car up definitely for wet conditions because we’e do used to it raining during the race that we have an optimised set-up that will work in pretty much every condition”.
Button said the car appears to be consistent over a race stint and he hopes to make up ground on Sunday.
He said: “I’m starting seventh but sixth, to be fair, is not a lot better than seventh. We’re on the clean side [of the grid] I think.
“A lot can happen here, this is a circuit you can overtake on so we’ve just got to hope our race pace is better than our qualifying because we’re a long way off what we expected to be around here.
“The Red Bulls are very quick, again, as always, but the Ferraris are very close to them. It’s just a pity we couldn’t get in amongst that really”.
2011 Canadian Grand Prix
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