Luck not on McLaren’s side in Canadian GP qualifying

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Sergio Perez and Jenson Button have both rued their poor luck after a difficult qualifying session for McLaren which saw them finish 12th and 14th respectively.

The wet conditions made tackling the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve particularly difficult, with Felipe Massa paying the price for his mistake. However, the subsequent red flag caused problems for many of the drivers including Perez and Button, with the latter missing the checkered flag and failing to set a time in the final part of the session. Perez failed to improve his time and dropped out of the top ten, with the result marking a step backwards for the team from Monaco.

“That was a very tricky session,” Perez said in a team statement. “It was difficult to make the most of things, and, in the end, luck just wasn’t with us.

“The red flag at the end of Q2 affected me just as I was about to set a good time. Then, with only two minutes of the session remaining, I didn’t get a run without traffic – as a result, I couldn’t get my tires up to temperature.”

Similarly, Button also felt that he had simply got unlucky.

“Today’s qualifying was one of those sessions where it either all falls into place for you – or it doesn’t. And we were just out of luck this afternoon.

“We encountered yellow flags, a red flag; and, when the session restarted, I crossed the line about half a second too late to start my final flying lap.”

Button won the Canadian GP in 2011 as he charged from last to first in changeable conditions, and he is hoping for another wet/dry race tomorrow in order to make up for the disappointment in qualifying.

“A race in mixed conditions tomorrow would be good for us,” he said.

McLaren’s hopes of a fourteenth win in Canada may be dead in the water, but a strong points score is certainly still possible for the British team.