Jenson Button has warned McLaren-Honda cannot afford communication mistakes such as the one that contributed to his Q1 way out in Japanese GP qualifying.
McLaren failed to inform him about the engine setting mode change in his first Q1 lap and then backing off on his second run due to yellow flags for Max Verstappen’s stuck Toro Rosso. Finally the Brit is set 16th for Sunday Japanese GP race grid.
Frustrated 2009 World Champion said it underlined how costly any small slip can be for a team in McLaren’s plight.
“They didn’t tell me what setting to be in at the start of the lap which happens at every start of qualifying lap, and they forgot to tell me,” Button said.
“I went to the one I would normally go to and it just emptied the pack half way round the lap, so the last half of the lap I didn’t have any deployment.
“We can’t make little mistakes like this on the simple things; we’ve got bigger things to worry about.
“So it’s tough and then we had the yellow flag so I obviously backed off in the middle sector and was slow in the middle sector but I was able to find quite a bit of time back in the last sector because I had deployment, but it wasn’t enough.”