Button Blames Poor Start for British GP Failure

Championship leader Jenson Button lamented his poor start during the past weekend's British Grand Prix for his disappointing finish at Silverstone. The Brawn GP driver started the race from 6th place but, due to being stuck behind Toyota's Jarno Trulli, dropped no less than 3 positions by the first corner.

The starting failure was only one of the many things that went wrong for the British driver on Sunday, as he was aiming to say a proper goodbye to his home fans in British GP's last trip to Silverstone. This was the only time this season – in 8 races, to be more precise – when Button failed to make a podium appearance.

I got a terrible start. Jarno Trulli, in front of me, got a really slow getaway, as they (the Toyotas) normally do, and I had nowhere to go. I tried to go to the inside, but that wasn't there, and I tried to go to the outside and that was full, and then everyone shot by me on the outside,” said Button after the race.

He managed to pass Ferrari's Felipe Massa for 8th place after the Ferrari's ran wide in Lap 1, but again got stuck behind Trulli until the first pit stop. Button motivated his failure to pass the Toyota driver by the lack of overtaking spots on the Silverstone track. The second stint was no picnic for Button either, as the hard compound tires didn't get up to speed in due time.

It was barely in the third and last sting, when the British went for the softer compound Bridgestones, that he managed to pose a threat to 5th placed Nico Rosberg, but by that time, the race for a podium at Silverstone was already over.

On the hard tires the car just didn't work and I couldn't get any tyre temperature. That's the way our car is in cooler temperatures. On the soft rubber near the end I was able to close in on Nico Rosberg and Felipe Massa like they were standing still, but you still can't pass around here,” added Button.

His 6th place in the UK means he is now 23 points clear of teammate Rubens Barrichello on top of the standings, while Sebastian Vettel is some 2 points behind the Brazilian veteran.
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