McLaren has struggled during qualifying for the 2010 Hungarian Grand Prix, with Jenson Button failing to make into the top ten.
This is the third time Button has failed to make it into Q3 this season, having qualified 14th for the British Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton qualified fifth, but was almost two seconds slower than pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel.
Talking to the BBC, Button said, “In the morning the car was well balanced but in the afternoon, I just didn’t have the grip.”
“We are on the clean side of the track. We can hopefully fight from there.”
Lewis Hamilton and Button have publicly criticised the McLaren’s pace in qualifying. Hamilton said: “We are massively down. It’s about scoring what points we can and hoping those ahead have trouble.”
Earlier this week Ron Dennis commented on the team’s qualifying pace:
“No question, we don’t have an optimised car for qualifying. But we do have a very good race car.
“And in the end we’ve won races and we’re leading both world championships, and both of our drivers are first and second.
“So I find it slightly infuriating, and I’ve voiced my opinion, when my guys get out of the cars and say, ‘I wish I was on the front row’ and build in the media the perception that we are giving them cars that are less capable of winning races.”
McLaren has won the last three races at the Hungaroring.
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