Button: Progress despite continued debacle

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Jenson Button's patience was tested once again in qualifying today in Bahrain as the McLaren driver faced another dismal session sparked by a massive electrical failure.

"Just like yesterday, there was a bang and the car just shut down although it did in a different way," said Button. "It was a lot more aggressive and actually a little scary in the cockpit. It's frustrating when you can't even do a lap in qualifying."

In spite of his latest misfortune and setbacks, Button expressed optimism at the future, underscoring the McLaren's inherent progress.

"Everything has come at once this weekend, but the important thing is that we are improving. Fernando got into Q2 which is a good step for us, it's a pity I could not be there as well, but there's definitely improvement and we've got to stay positive."

Button's calm and composed demeanor contrasted with Ron Dennis' apparent frustration as he watched his driver stop out on the track from the McLaren garage. While disappointment is understandable, one may also wonder if patience in the McLaren may be running a little thin.

"You see us on TV and obviously pick up on every smile or frown or anything you see, but things are different in reality. We're frustrated but also know there's a lot of work needed to do, and we are improving all the time. We knew it was going to be a hard start to the year, but at this part of the season there have been more positives than negatives."

Button concluded by saying he was hopeful the chronic electrical issue could be cured for a race he still looked forward to complete. "We've got some good pace so let's hope we can fix this. On a brighter side, I've got loads of new tyres to use tomorrow."

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