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GP Week : Issue 155
McLaren’s Jenson Button continued his slide down the world championship table after enduring a disastrous Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday. In what is effectively his home grand prix, the Monte Carlo resident qualified only 12th on Saturday before dropping two places at the start: “At the start, Kamui [Kobayashi] almost landed on top of me because he’d been launched off someone else,” began Button. “Then I almost got stuck at the exit of Sainte Dévote, but I just managed to squeeze through.” He then spent his entire race stuck behind Caterham’s Heikki Kovalainen, desperately searching for an opportunity to overtake. He went eight laps longer into his first stint before pitting, but still re-emerged behind. His frustration eventually boiled over and an ill-judged overtaking attempt into the second Swimming Pool chicane resulted in contact and retirement for Button. He drops to seventh place in the drivers’ championship on 45 points, 31 adrift of leader Fernando Alonso. “After my stop, I got caught behind Heikki [Kovalainen] – we weren’t really fighting, but if you position your car in the right place around here then it’s impossible to overtake,” he continued. “Finally, I had a look up the inside of Turn 15, we touched, and I had a puncture. Game over. “Today’s result stems from a poor qualifying performance and being unlucky at the start. Also, when you start from the mid-grid, you’re more prone to incidents.” BUTTON DROPS AGAIN IN CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER POINTLESS WEEKEND 26 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> MONACO