More disappointment for McLaren
It is McLaren’s worst run since 2009, when the Woking-based outfit failed to score a point in Spain, Monaco, Turkey and Great Britain. The team had been confident of making steps forward prior to the race weekend after a poor performance in China.
Slight improvements were made, but it was not the big jump that McLaren wanted. However, a top 10 result could have been possible had it not been for several moments during round five of the 2014 Formula 1 season.
Button lined up in eighth place on the grid after a decent qualifying lap, but a disastrous start compromised his race from the get-go and saw him drop to 13th.
He struggled to make much progress in the early stages before the team gambled on an early second and final pit stop. However, he was forced to wait in his box for the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat to move past, which cost him several seconds, and he then emerged just ahead of the race leader Lewis Hamilton.
Having lost more time letting the Mercedes driver through, he eventually had to settle for 11th place, finishing 4.4 seconds down on the final point scorer Nico Hulkenberg.
It was a similarly disappointing race for his team-mate Kevin Magnussen. The Danish driver could have made it through to Q3 on Saturday had he not suffered an engine problem in the second session, which left him in 14th place.
His lowly grid position certainly cost him a point or two and his recovery drive was not helped by a poor first lap that saw him narrowly avoid colliding with Sebastian Vettel. He finished just behind Button in 12th place and showed flashes of encouraging race pace, but it was ultimately not enough to edge him into the top 10.
McLaren will be hopeful of a more trouble-free and competitive weekend at the next round on the 2014 calendar, which takes place around the streets of Monte Carlo in two weeks time.
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Jack Leslie is a freelance motorsport journalist. He has been part of the Richland F1 team since the very start and made his debut in the F1 paddock for the website at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. Jack also writes for Car Throttle and RumbleStripNews, as well as running a popular blog.