Jenson Button blamed a mistake in preparing his car before qualifying for his elimination during Q1.
Button’s qualifying was also compromised by a yellow flag after Marcus Ericsson spun, but he believes that even without that he would have been able to join the team’s other car in Q2.
“The Q1 yellow flag in the middle sector meant I had to lift,” Button explained. “Without that, I probably would have got through to Q2.”
“However, I wasn’t told in which engine mode to put the car. Every time before we start a timed lap, we’re instructed over the radio to adopt a particular setting, but I didn’t get told, and I went to the wrong setting.”
Following problems with his set-up in final practice, Button said his car “didn’t feel too bad to drive” in qualifying, but said the team can’t afford to make mistakes.
“We needed to get everything out of it today, and we didn’t,” he said. “You can’t make a single mistake here – even going half-a-turn out on the front wing makes a big difference.”