Reigning world champion and Briton Jenson Button declared his McLaren "undriveable" after failing to qualify higher than fourteenth at Silverstone.

Reigning world champion and Briton Jenson Button declared his McLaren "undriveable" after failing to qualify higher than fourteenth at Silverstone.

McLaren has had a difficult weekend, with high-profile updates taken off the MP4-25 after Friday practice.

"We had probably 20 upgrade parts, and we've kept six or seven on," confirmed team boss Martin Whitmarsh.

Button's teammate Lewis Hamilton still managed to qualify fourth, albeit almost a second off the pace of the runaway Red Bulls.

"I'm sorry about that," Button's engineer told the 30-year-old during his slowing-down lap at the end of Q2.

The Briton told the BBC: "This morning the car felt really good. I personally think there's something wrong, the car was undriveable."

There were no such problems at Red Bull, with Sebastian Vettel a tenth faster than his teammate Mark Webber, and both notably faster than Fernando Alonso's Ferrari in third.

Pole sitter Vettel's morning nose failure did not reoccur in qualifying, team boss Christian Horner smiling that the German "got away with it".

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:30.841 1:30.480 1:29.615 18
2 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:30.858 1:30.114 1:29.758 18
3 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:30.997 1:30.700 1:30.426 23
4 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.297 1:31.118 1:30.556 17
5 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:31.626 1:31.085 1:30.625 23
6 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1:31.680 1:31.344 1:31.040 22
7 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:31.313 1:31.010 1:31.172 26
8 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:31.424 1:31.126 1:31.175 20
9 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:31.533 1:31.327 1:31.274 16
10 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:32.058 1:31.022 1:31.430 20
11 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:31.109 1:31.399   15
12 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:31.851 1:31.421   14
13 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:32.144 1:31.635   17
14 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.435 1:31.699   17
15 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:32.226 1:31.708   14
16 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:31.638 1:31.796   14
17 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:31.901 1:32.012   14
18 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:32.430     7
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:34.405     9
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:34.775     10
21 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:34.864     10
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:35.212     10
23 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:36.576     7
24 21 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1:36.968     9

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