Bahrain misery for Button

Published: Sunday 19th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Jenson Button’s wretched Bahrain Grand Prix weekend concluded even before the race started.

After incurring issues in both practice sessions on Friday, and again in qualifying on Saturday, Button’s car failed to even make it out of the McLaren garage for the race at the Bahrain International Circuit.

Button was scheduled to start 20th and last after an electrical problem brought his qualifying to a halt after just three corners of his opening lap.

Despite his team of mechanics working feverishly to fix the problem, data materialised ahead of the evening event showing an issue still unresolved that could be traced back to the ongoing electrical problems.

With no guarantees the issue would not reoccur, on that basis it was determined the car would not be readied to start the race.

It is the latest bitter blow for McLaren in the early stages of their renewed relationship with power-unit supplier Honda.

Button finished two laps down in 11th and last position in the opening race in Australia prior to a Malaysian Grand Prix in which both he and team-mate Fernando Alonso retired.

In China last Sunday both cars saw the chequered flag and McLaren felt they had turned a corner, but veteran Button’s plague of woes this weekend underlines the fact reliability remains a key concern.

Published: Sunday 19th April 2015 by The News Editor

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