Button laments 'frustrating time'
Jenson Button has admitted to enduring his most frustrating time since he joined McLaren.
After the opening three races of the season Button was two points behind McLaren team-mate and then championship leader Lewis Hamilton following a win in Australia and second place in China.
A further three races on in which the 32-year-old has scored just two measly points and he now finds himself 31 adrift of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.
It is Button's worst run of results for three and a half years since the end of his dark days with Honda in 2008, notably when you consider he won the title a year later and was runner-up last year.
These are trying times for Button, who frustratingly spent all of yesterday's Monaco Grand Prix stuck behind Heikki Kovalainen in his Caterham prior to incurring a lap-70 puncture when attempting to pass the Finn.
Casting an eye over his results, Button told Press Association Sport: "That's awful, but that's where it is right now.
"These thing happen sometimes, so I've just got to get through it and move on.
"But it's certainly my most frustrating time with McLaren, which is a fantastic team to work for. I've had a great time working with them. Since I joined everything has gone amazingly well.
"After every few races the confidence stepped up a gear with the understanding of the car and working with the engineers, and even into this year, with the first race. In fact, the first three races were good, I was happy.
"But suddenly the last three races, I don't know where the pace and feeling I get from the car has gone. I haven't had that before.
"It's tough, but it's nothing we can't sort out. We will solve the issues. It's just whether we do it in time."
The man renowned for being as smooth as silk on his tyres, able to nursemaid them when most needed, now cannot find the answer as to how they work this year.
"We still think every time we do a race we're learning," added Button.
"We'll have a debrief now and we'll discuss what we're going to do for Canada in two weeks' time.
"There are things we think will help us work the tyres, if they work or not, make a difference, we don't know, but we have to be positive and think they will.
"I have great memories of Canada last year, so I have to remain confident I will put behind me the last three races and get some good points.
"What has happened to me could easily happen to someone else, one of the front guys, we know it can."
With Mark Webber claiming the eighth victory of his career, and second around Monaco, F1 history was made as we have now had six different winners of the opening six races for the first time.
For this season predictability has gone out of the window as the Pirelli tyres are dominating, in conjunction with the fact there are now no blown diffusers, a device Red Bull perfected to help them win the last two drivers' and constructors' titles.
It appears F1 has gone too far the other way and the randomness over a race weekend, and of the season as a whole, is starting to prove unattractive.
"You say I'm quite inconsistent, but (Pastor) Maldonado has had four no-score races, and then he's had a win (in Spain two weeks ago) and an eighth, so it's pretty up in the air," said Button.
"Fernando is leading the championship because he has been more consistent than other people, but whether he is in the best car or not no-one is ever going to know.
"He is obviously doing a great job, the car is working well, whereas there aren't many other drivers that have had that consistency.
"Clearly everyone is excited about so many different winners, which initially was great for the fans and great for the sport.
"But there will come a time when the fans will say 'So anyone can win a grand prix, everyone can lose a grand prix like that?' (snaps his fingers).
"I think they're finding it a little bit strange now.
"I don't know, but hopefully a pattern will emerge after the next couple of races and we'll understand the teams and drivers we need to beat to win the championship."