Returning Button hit with 15-place penalty for engine change

Returning Button hit with 15-place penalty for engine change

Returning Button hit with 15-place penalty for engine change

Jenson Button was pleased after qualifying ninth on his Formula One comeback - even though he will be demoted to last for the Monaco Grand Prix following an engine penalty.

Button admits he has been struggling to get the best out of the new 2017 Pirelli tyres this weekend, but he was happy with being able to make it all the way to Q3 in his first race weekend since the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

McLaren driver Jenson Button of Britain steers his vehicle during the qualifying session for the Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco racetrack in Monaco, Saturday, May 27, 2017.

Teammate Stoffel Vandoorne has already been penalized three places in Monaco, for causing a collision with Williams driver Felipe Massa two weeks ago at the Spanish GP.

The 37-year-old Briton is standing in for Fernando Alonso in the Mediterranean principality while the Spaniard competes in the Indianapolis 500 on the same day.

"But when it's qualifying and that little fine tuning with the balance of the vehicle, I said to the team I'm not sure what's going to happen to the auto through qualifying, are we going to get more grip at the front, are we going to get less?" This was seconds before lights went out for the start of the Monaco race, typically the most intense on the F1 calendar due to its narrow road course layout.

But perhaps the real takeaway from Button's assessment was his admittance that he had ran his very last qualifying session in F1, putting to rest any speculation about a full-time return to the sport.

McLaren are the only team yet to score a point this season, the former champions beset by a lack of reliability and performance, but anything can happen in Monaco and Button was not downcast.

"Take care of my vehicle", said Alonso over the radio, as Button was pulling into position on pit road following a 15-place grid penalty.

Button insisted that he will not be tempted out of retirement again.

"I'm going to pee in your seat", Button replied.

"A lovely experience, lots of new memories of driving this type of monster of a auto", he said.

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