Jenson Button starts the Singapore Grand Prix way back in 12th position tomorrow after locking both front tyres on Turn 7 during qualifying.
The championship leader has it all to drive for tomorrow as he races to keep his 14 point lead.
“I locked both front tyres up and I ran wide,” the Brawn GP driver explained, “and front then on I had such a big flat spot that I wasn’t going to gain any time.”
With the Red Bull drivers Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel – his closest rivals behind team mate Rubens Barichillo – starting ahead, it will make it a challenging race.
Button said: “The Red Bulls are at the front. They still have a chance of challenging us in the championship, so we’ve made it very difficult for ourselves. That is all I have to say.”
He added: “We have got to have a good first lap, otherwise we will be stuck behind slower cars – and I think our race will be very good. When you are stuck behind cars going very long it can be very difficult.”
“But this is a circuit where we thought we would be very quick and so far in qualifying we haven’t shown that.
“It is weird how things go and how races seem. Some races we are very quick and some circuits we struggle more, especially when we get to qualifying.
“It is the same with the Red Bulls. Mark has not scored in the last three races and while Vettel has, it is a lot less than he would have hoped. And they are now back strong. It is very up and down and a unique season for sure.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team