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Button disappointed by Vettel’s comments

Apr 11, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

China F1 GP Auto Racing AP

He has been the most vocal driver during the multi 21 debate, and Jenson Button has today admitted that he is surprised by Sebastian Vettel’s most recent comments.

Vettel claimed that Mark Webber did not deserve to win the race in Malaysia, warranting his decision to overtake his teammate towards the end of the race. Button was not only surprised by the comments, but he also appeared slightly disappointed in the world champion’s actions.

“Lots of people have won world championships without being like that,” Button told Autosport.

“I’m surprised he said that, personally.”

The British driver won the 2009 title without a great deal of controversy, despite tensions between himself and Rubens Barrichello emerging at the Spanish Grand Prix. Button suggested that Vettel did not need to involve himself in such distractions, instead focusing on his championship challenge.

“He’s such a talented driver and he seems like a driver that the team love, and they should, he’s very successful.

“He seems like an easygoing character. It’s surprising for him to say that.”

The debate over whether the move was intentional or not has rumbled on, but Button is sure that Vettel was well aware of his actions.

“Obviously he’s done it once. He knew what he was doing.”

The team orders debate is unlikely to die down for a while, adding an extra dynamic to the race this weekend as both Webber and Vettel look to establish themselves as ‘top dog’ in Milton Keynes.

  1. manchestermiracle - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Vettel has a knack for making it hard to root for him.

    • apexassassin - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      Exactly how I felt about Schumi at Ferrari, Hamilton at Mclaren, and Alonso after Minardi.

      But everyone loves Kimi! LoL

  2. chaparral2f - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Button is entitled to his opinion, but I think it would be best for him to stay out of it. The shoe could be on the other foot someday for him as well. And, may I add that you will never see Button win another WDC. He does not have that killer instinct that Vettel, Kimi, Alonso and Lewis have. Nor does he have that same instinct that made champions out of drivers like Senna and Schumacher. I think Jenson should worry about McLaren getting its act together rather than pontificate about Seb. And, where was Button when Webber traitorously worked against Seb towards the end of the 2012 season?

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