Returning Jenson Button will start last at Monaco GP

McLaren-Honda driver Jenson Button will start the Monaco Grand Prix from the pit lane after the team opted to change the set-up on his auto.

The Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco race will take place on Sunday May 28.

"But I'm happy - in my one and only race this year I qualify ninth... and start 20th!" Alonso and Button are two of the most experienced open-wheel drivers alive today, and on Sunday, Alonso wished his former teammate luck over team radio just before the lights went out for the Monaco race.

Button is standing in for Fernando Alonso and, as result, he has been left to feel the full force of the 15-place penalty that occurred when the power unit limit was exceeded on the Spaniard's auto.

It is set to be another frustrating race for McLaren, which is struggling with Honda engines as it did throughout most of previous year.

Button, who had not driven a Formula One auto for more than six months until he stepped into the cockpit for Thursday practice, had been 12th in final practice. The Belgian already has a three-place grid penalty for colliding with Felipe Massa during the Spanish Grand Prix.

Returning Jenson Button will start last at Monaco 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.

McLaren is the only team not to score a point after five races this season.

Button, who retired from F1 a year ago, was drafted in to replace Alonso just for this race.

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

However, component changes ahead of Saturday's qualifying sessions was always set to consign him to starting at the back of the grid, though this will become the pit-lane following further changes. "Not just driving the auto, but the whole F1 atmosphere". "I was told to have fun and enjoy it and I definitely have".

  • Julie Sanders