British Formula One ace Jenson Button has virtually written off his dreams of a home Grand Prix victory tomorrow in the wake of the miserable English weather.
The Brawn driver will start in sixth position at Silverstone after struggling to get his tyres to work in today’s qualifying session.
“The problem is we’ve struggled with tyres temperatures because it is so cold,” he admitted miserably. “We have to hope we can get the tyres to work.
“In qualifying I struggled massively with grip – we struggled as a team to do that. It is good we are on the front row as a team, but disappointing for me back in sixth.
“In fact, I would be massively disappointed in qualifying sixth if it was anywhere around the world at the moment, not just here.”
His closest championship rivals, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, and Brawn team-mate Rubens Barrichello will start first, third and second respectively.
Dejected Button added: “I think it is almost impossible to win. I just haven’t had the pace all weekend.”
After four poles this year, helping him to claim six wins from the opening seven races and a 26-point lead over his rivals, sixth is not what Button was expecting coming into the weekend.
It now leaves him with an uphill task of joining the list of great British winners at the Northamptonshire track, and in what could be the final race at the venue for some considerable time.
Button added: “I was hoping for something a bit better. Being sixth is a lot worse than what I thought it would be, so it’s going to be a difficult race on Sunday.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team