• Hungarian Grand Prix - Qualifying

Button admits to Option struggles around Hungaroring

ESPNF1 Staff
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Jenson Button starts from 11th on the grid © Getty Images

Jenson Button was left a frustrated man after problems with grip left him eleventh on the grid for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Button admitted that he had been happy with the balance of his car during the morning's free practice session but the dynamics of the car on the Option tyre left him off the pace during qualifying.

"In practice this morning, the car was working pretty well and I felt quite happy with it. We were still some way off the top two teams, but the overall pace wasn't too bad," said Button. "This afternoon, I still felt pretty happy on the Prime tyre, and ended Q1 seventh-fastest. But I just couldn't find a balance on the Option tyre and I struggled for grip with it.

Despite his disappointing qualifying, Button knows his strength has traditionally been over the race distance and he will be looking to make up places off the grid on fresh rubber.

"The good thing is that I'll be starting on the clean side of the track. Normally, that can make you up a place or two at the start, and there'll be lots of opportunities into the first corner, which is always exciting here. Plus, I've got two new sets of tyres for the race.

"So we can still do a lot from 11th - and I'll do my very best to pick up some valuable world championship points from there. I suppose you could say we've just got to be brave tomorrow."