Apr 11, 2013, 4:15 PM EST
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.
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