Jenson Button baffled by McLaren's poor form

Apr 24, 2012, 10:03 IST | PA Sport

Jenson Button has been left baffled by McLaren's sudden loss of form that left the team looking like also-rans rather than title contenders in Bahrain.

Throughout the race Button and teammate Lewis Hamilton appeared to be going backwards at times such was the performance — or lack of it — of their cars at the Bahrain International Circuit.

Jenson Button

Hamilton was forced to settle for eighth, with two bungled pit stops also contributing to him being knocked off the top of the drivers’ standings by race winner Sebastian Vettel in his Red Bull. Button could potentially have finished fifth, however, a cracked exhaust and late puncture resulted in his retirement a lap from the finish.

Speaking to Press Association Sport, Button was unable to extract a single positive from his race as he said: “There would have been if we had finished. “If I hadn’t have had the problem at the end then I’d be leading the championship. Even if I had finished there would still have been a negative because we weren’t quick. “So, no, there’s no real positive to take from it.”  

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