Jenson Button has confirmed that a loose rear wing end plate was the cause of his early departure from Q1 at the British Grand Prix.
The 2009 world champion lost the rear wing end plate from his MP4-31 racer halfway through his first flying lap when it detached from the floor causing a loss of downforce . It saw the Briton stuck in the garage with the mechanics unable to fix it in time to send him out for another stint.
“It happened into Turn Eight, which is where the high-speed corners start, and where you need downforce, so I’m surprised I even did the lap time I did, to be honest.” Button explained.
“We tried to fix it in order go out again for a second run, but sadly we ran out of time.”
Despite this setback, the Briton is looking forward to his home Grand Prix and will be hoping to score some points.
“Still, I’m smiling because it is what is. We’ll deal with it, and we’ll come out of it stronger. I’ll be hoping for rain and something unexpected to happen in the race, and I’m still aiming for points today.”
Button will start the 52-lap race from seventeenth on the grid.
by Michael Terminello