Jenson Button will start Sunday’s British Grand Prix from the third row of the grid after struggling with the balance of his Brawn car in the final qualifying session.
Button was forced to settle for sixth place on the grid after being unable to unlock the same performance from his BGP001 as teammate Rubens Barrichello who narrowly missed out on pole position.
It is Button’s worst qualifying result of the year and the Briton was particularly frustrated to be starting so low down the grid in front his legions of supporters.
JENSON BUTTON “I’m hugely disappointed not to be starting my home Grand Prix from further up the grid. We knew that we would find it difficult here as our car doesn’t work so well at low temperatures and I really struggled to get the tyres into their working range. I struggled massively with understeer in the high speed corners and then had oversteer at low speed so it wasn’t the best balance for such a competitive qualifying session. My aim as always in the race will be to score as many points as possible and I hope that we can put on a great show for the thousands of fans who will be here to enjoy the race at this fantastic circuit.”
RUBENS BARRICHELLO “I’m really happy to be starting from the front row of the grid tomorrow on a track that I love and feels like home to me. After some hard work overnight we changed the car a little and my engineers did a great job to get the set-up to my liking ready for qualifying. I really got everything out of the car today and we were able to achieve a little more than we expected. It’s clear that the Red Bulls have made a good step forward so I’m delighted to have put the car on the front row and split Sebastian and Mark. We hoped for third today so it’s great to go one better. Now I hope that we can go one better tomorrow as well!”
ROSS BRAWN “An excellent performance from Rubens today at a track which is one of his favourites and second place on the grid puts him in a very strong position for the race tomorrow. Jenson struggled a little more than Rubens with the tyres at the low temperatures that we experienced today and he was not happy with the balance of the car throughout qualifying. Unfortunately he was also affected by a misunderstood communication on the pitwall which resulted in us bringing him in a lap earlier than we perhaps should have and that cost him a place. If the temperatures warm up a little tomorrow, both cars should be in good shape for the race and we will do our best to ensure that we secure as many points as possible at our home Grand Prix.”