Apr 25, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT
Former McLaren driver John Watson has told Jenson Button to stop complaining about Sergio Perez after the two teammates went head-to-head in last weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
During the race, Button came under pressure from Perez who was on a different strategy. The Mexican driver lost his front wing endplate when trying to make a move, before eventually getting past the 2009 world champion a few laps later.
Despite protesting the move, Button could not respond, and he did not hide his annoyance after the race. However, Watson believes that Button should just face facts and admit that he was slower.
“If Perez gives Button a difficult time, it’s up to Button to come to terms with it,” Watson told the BBC.
“It’s a fact of life. He can’t expect Martin Whitmarsh to tell Perez to back off.”
Instead of complaining, Watson encouraged Button to respond by fighting back and dealing with the situation on track.
“If your kid teammate is pushing you hard, it’s not nice, but it’s part of the game. You have to respond by getting in and doing the best job.”
Watson also said that Button’s experience and credentials made him a yardstick for Perez this season.
“Button is very experienced and the number one driver in that team, even though McLaren say there is no number one and number two.
“He has a target on his back and Perez will think that if he beats him, he’ll be in the pound seat at McLaren.”
Team principal Martin Whitmarsh has held talks between the drivers to discuss on track etiquette, and McLaren will be keen to avoid a similar situation when Formula One returns to Europe in two weeks’ time.
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