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Jenson Button unhappy with teammate’s aggression

Apr 21, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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Jenson Button has revealed his frustration with teammate Sergio Perez following a tight battle between the two McLaren drivers in today’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

Button and Perez went head-to-head after the final round of stops, and it was the Mexican driver who managed to emerge victorious after pushing Button off the track at one point.

“The racing out there and was great fun but Checo was too aggressive,” Button told Sky Sports.

“At 300km/h, you don’t expect your teammate to come alongside and bang wheels with you. So that was a bit of a surprise and I’m probably not the only one feels like that.”

Perez had been told to “toughen up” by McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh earlier this week, who believes that the Mexican driver had taken this mantra too far.

“You don’t hit your teammate, though,” Whitmarsh said. “As I said to Checo, endplate to rear tire could have punctured Jenson and broken his front wing. That was over the limit.”

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Regardless of the inter-team battle, McLaren will be pleased to have recorded its first double-score of the season. Perez continued to battle through the field to pass Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber for P6, whilst Button could only come home in P10 behind Nico Rosberg.

The team now sits in 7th place in the constructors’ championship, one point behind Force India.

  1. chaparral2f - Apr 21, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Jenson, you sound like a whiner. Checo got the better of you. Stop complaining and get back to business.

  2. ditto65 - Apr 21, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    It’s clear by the end result that Checo was much faster. I blame Button for escalating the battle rather than let his faster teammate go by.

  3. techmeister1 - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Checo wasn’t faster until the end. The only reason Checo was able to stay with Button for most of the race was because he was getting a tow from Button down the straight and being able to use DRS which Button could not use unless he was within a second of a car in front. As a result Button had to use more tire to maintain his pace and Checo eventually benefitted. I don’t expect Checo to make the same mistake again as it cost the team valuable points that they desperately need. These days the drivers need to race smart not just hard.

  4. Untie My Rebellious - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:52 AM

    Reblogged this on Untie My Rebellious and commented:
    Jenson could have done better than 10th. He wasted his tyres defending Perez resulting an extra pit-stop. What a waste for Mclaren.

  5. apexassassin - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Button sounded like a bitch. Shut up and drive. Aside from the contact I didn’t see Checo do anything wrong, or at least nothing the other drivers weren’t doing. Button just didn’t see Rsoberg or worse still, Webber trying to put their rivals into the way, but he had no problems running Checo off track (though I loved Checo doing it Alonso too, lol, that’s racing!)

    I love that Mclaren never told Perez to slow down or chill out and let them race. Simple and effective. Button could have used his vast experience to let Perez by and save his own rubber and get the tow and DRS for himself, but he didn’t. He only has himslef to blame.

    Still good to see Macca improving, esp Checo as Mclaren desperately need TelMex’s support for the future.

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