Jenson Button endured a difficult United States Grand Prix weekend in Austin that came to a disappointing end today as he picked up just one point for tenth place.
McLaren has suffered from a severe lack in form in 2013 thanks to the poor pace of the MP4-28 car. Nevertheless, with teammate Sergio Perez qualifying and finishing seventh at the Circuit of the Americas, Button had hoped for better.
“Even though I was only battling for a single world championship point, I still wanted to do the best job I could this afternoon,” Button said. “As in all the past few races, I made contact with another car on the first lap – and that contact broke my left-hand front-wing endplate. It wasn’t quite as bad as in Abu Dhabi, but it still left me with quite a lot of understeer.”
The 2009 world champion is hoping for better luck in Brazil next weekend at the final round of the season.
“Now, I’m hoping for a trouble-free, exciting and prosperous final grand prix of the season in Brazil next weekend.”
The Briton will be joined by Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen at McLaren next season.
Brendon Hartley’s record of receiving a grid penalty at every Formula 1 race he has started is set to continue in Abu Dhabi this weekend after Toro Rosso was forced to change part of his Renault power unit following the last race in Brazil.
Since making his F1 debut at the United States Grand Prix last month, Hartley has faced a grid drop at all three races he has started so far amid ongoing reliability difficulties for power unit supplier Renault.
After being forced to retire from the last race in Brazil two weeks ago due to an engine issue, Hartley has received a 10-place grid penalty for Abu Dhabi after it was confirmed Toro Rosso had changed the MGU-H on his power unit.
Hartley is yet to score any points in F1, having retired from two of his three races so far to make his debut run to P13 in Austin his best result to date.
The Toro Rosso driver finished 20th in FP1 and 19th in FP2 during Friday’s practice sessions in Abu Dhabi as he continued to get to grips with the Yas Marina Circuit.