Again, it was a very difficult session for McLaren, the duo was expected to enter Q2 following Friday practice session.
But, both McLaren cars are out in Q1 again, as they were in Australia and Malaysia.
This continues the team’s worst run of qualifying form since the current system was adopted in 2006.
During the session, Jenson Button complaint over radio – “The rears are overheating towards the end of the lap.”
“The car didn’t feel bad so it’s interesting when you find a good balance but the lap time is not there,” Button said BBC Radio 5.
“We’ve made good improvements this weekend but qualifying just wasn’t for us. I’m relatively happy with the balance.
“Hopefully we’ll be racing the cars in front tomorrow, but we hoped to be competing with them in qualifying as well.”
Following the session Fernando Alonso tweets: “Fantastic work of the whole team to get the car ready for the Qualy! Again, big progress on the car from Malaysia! Good times coming
TV footage reply has shown Fernando Alonso had a very twitchy moment on his final qualifying lap. It cost him a couple of tenths – more a less the amount he missed out on the top 15.
The Force India of Nico Hulkenberg joins the McLarens of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso in being eliminated, along with the Manors of Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi.