Button had a tough Friday, with his car spinning on his first flying lap of FP1 due to a battery problem, and later stopping early on in FP2 when his engine was shut down as a precaution.
His misfortune continued on Saturday as his MP4-30 stopped in qualifying before he’d even set a lap time. This time it was an electrical fault.
And shortly before Sunday’s race it became clear the former champion would not make it to the grid, with McLaren revealing that during fire-up, data indicated an issue originating from his earlier electrical problems.
It would have been Button's 100th Grand Prix start for McLaren.