Jenson Button had been hoping to wrap up the Formula One world title at the Brazilian Grand Prix today – but an error over his tyres looks like it has cost him the chance.
The Brawn team admitted making a mistake and not switching the 29-year-old British driver from extreme wet tyres to intermediates when the heavy rain eased during yesterdays qualifying session.
Now Button is starting the race from way back in 14th position – while his team mate and championship title rival Rubens Barrichello is taking his first pole position for five years!
It means the title race will almost certainly go down to the wire in Abu Dhabi on November 1.
Button said: “I’m massively disappointed.
“Rubens on pole is not good, and he now has a very good chance of taking it to Abu Dhabi, but if it’s wet a lot could still happen.
“I’m going to have to fight because I want to get the job done here and not wait until Abu Dhabi.”
On the tyre issue, he added: “At the start of the session (Q2), we had way too much understeer and I couldn’t do anything with it.
“Then the rear started going away. We made a mistake not putting intermediate tyres on at the end, but it’s a collective decision, it’s a team effort.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team