Button gets 15-place grid penalty for Monaco GP

  • Button gets 15-place grid penalty for Monaco GP

Button gets 15-place grid penalty for Monaco GP

The 2009 world champion and former Monaco victor left Formula One at the end of last season, handing over his seat to Belgian rookie Stoffel Vandoorne, and has moved to California where he has focused on triathlon.

His return to F1 comes at a turbulent time for McLaren, whose partnership with Honda has been a three-year trek to the back of the grid. The team's second driver, Marcus Ericsson, wrecked shortly after while he was trying to unlap himself under the safety vehicle period.

"I had a little giggle to myself that I was driving a Formula One vehicle again", said Button, who came out of retirement just for this race.

As a result, Button is required to start Sunday's race from the pits.

Questions have been asked about how eager Button was to return to racing as he has been enthusiastically pursuing his passion of competing in triathlons since his retirement, having just qualified for the world championships.

Hamilton, who lies just six points behind Vettel in the drivers' title race, was fastest in the opening morning session.

"For us, the triple decker is quite Monaco-specific", said Green. "I am not a parent, but I know a lot of people that are, and that is what hits home the most, how heartless some people can be".

Bourdais still can't put any weight on his right leg for five weeks, but he is targeting he season-ending race at Sonoma to get back in his vehicle.

Button had the opportunity to test this year's McLaren following the Bahrain Grand Prix, but turned it down and completed all of his race preparation on the team's simulator in Woking. "It's probably the quickest McLaren that has ever driven around here, in terms of lap time". They have two wins each, but Vettel's Ferrari looks much quicker than it did previous year while Hamilton's Mercedes is not as dominant.

"I think we are making progress", he said.

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