Button’s back and he’s got a 15-place grid penalty

We’re familiar with this, aren’t we?

Jenson Button, who stepped away from F1 at the end of 2016 is back for a one-off race weekend to do the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix replacing Fernando Alonso is racing in the Indy 500 the same weekend.

Thursday practice went fairly well for Button as he put in the mileage in the 2017 McLaren Honda, getting himself acquainted with the new car.

His 2016 woes, however, have followed him as an MGU-H and turbo replacement on his Honda means that Jenson Button will have a 15 place grid penalty for tomorrow’s race, almost guaranteeing that he will start from the back row tomorrow.

f1-monaco-gp-2017-jenson-button-mclaren-mcl32.jpgPhoto : Sam Bloxham – LAT Images

Alongside this, Jenson’s team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne also has a three place penalty for Honda have had to change the internal combustion engine, turbo, MGU-H, and MGU-K on his car.

With the McLaren and Honda updates showing signs of improvement recently, Monaco with its low power focus was meant to be the circuit where McLaren Honda finally made a statement, and perhaps scored points.

But now, with Jenson Button starting at the back and Stoffel Vandoorne not much higher, it all looks rather bleak for McLaren Honda yet again.

Feature image : Sam Bloxham – LAT Images

– Aditya Bhat.

 

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