Jenson Button’s car suffered electrical problems in both practice sessions on Friday and the 2009 world champion thinks it was the same fault, which ended his qualifying session early.
The latest fault resulted that Button will start the race from 20th, his lowest grid position since the 2008 Canadian GP.
While his team-mate Fernando Alonso managed to get a McLaren into Q2 for the first time this season and will start 14th.
“You’re going to have problems at the start, as we always said we would, and I think we’ve had fewer problems than another manufacturer out there, which isn’t so bad considering they have been at it for a year,” he said.
“It’s a tough day but it’s good to see progress and the progress is more important now in terms of pace in the car.”
“We’re racing drivers and you want to drive your racing car as fast as you can. Obviously when you are limited to running in P1 and P2, with two stops on the circuit, it’s tough.”
“But how things felt this weekend, in terms of driving the car this morning, it felt pretty good. I was quite happy with it, I ended up 11th. It’s still only P3, but it was a good feeling.
“You would say we’re definitely making progress, we’re improving every race we go to, but just a tough weekend on my side of the garage.”