Pastor Maldonado looks set to start the Monaco Grand Prix from the back of the grid,with his Williams team planning to change his gearbox before the race.
Motor racing-Button struggles to get in gear,who won from pole position in Spain a fortnight ago,had been scheduled to start 19th on the grid due in part to a 10-place grid penalty he was given for causing a collision with Sergio Perez in final free practice.But following examination of his car by Williams after qualifying, it was found that there was a problem with his gearbox - perhaps as the result of a crash in final practice that means he will face a further five place drop.
Chief operations engineer Mark Gillan said: The car had a lot of damage in it to the point where we are having to change the gearbox in it as well.There was a significant amount of damage to the car,so the guys did a really good job to even get it out for qualifying.Gillan admitted that the qualifying result for Monaco was a disappointment, on the back of its success in Barcelona.
I have no doubt we could have done P4 or P5, with a decent clean run,or maybe even higher. But Pastor did not match his Q2 time and his time in Q3 was set with old super soft tyres,so there was definitely quite a bit more to be had.It's disappointing.But it is still good that we are disappointed because the pace is definitely there