Button: It was a misunderstanding

Date published: August 28 2011

“Massively disappointing, huge shock” and a “big mistake” is how Jenson Button has described his failure to make it into Q3 in Belgium…

“Massively disappointing, huge shock” and a “big mistake” is how Jenson Button has described his failure to make it into Q3 in Belgium.

Button looked set to make it into Saturday’s qualifying shoot-out as the McLaren driver was lying in second place on the timesheets when his team opted to pit him.

That move, though, proved to be a massive error on McLaren’s part as it wasn’t long before Button, with all his rivals still out on track putting in laps in the ever-changing conditions, began to fall down the order.

And even though he was P8 when the chequered flag fell, with his rivals bettering their times he soon found himself down in P13, which is the position from which he will start Sunday’s Belgian GP.

“It was a misunderstanding,” the 2009 World Champion told the BBC.

“I did my first lap and then cooled the tyres not knowing I didn’t have any laps left. I was second quickest when I did my lap and then I didn’t get another chance.

“Wow, that is massively disappointing and a huge shock. A big mistake on our part.

“In every practice session we’ve been in top three. Tough been back in 13th but we’ve got to deal with it.”