F1 » Button still concerned about 'dangerous' Melbourne time slot

Defending F1 World Champion Jenson Button has expressed his fears about on-track visibility as the sun sets in Melbourne - but he hopes McLaren will be able to move to the front in this weekend's 2010 Australian Grand Prix to successfully minimise that difficulty

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John - Unregistered

March 24, 2010 12:31 PM

The only thing Jenson needs to worry about is Lewis embarrassing him and proving to the world that his world championship was just the case of him being the right place at the right time..(6 out of first 7 races and then boom, everyone catches so he has nothing more to give)
every driver needs to deal with track visibility,so there is no unfair advantage..
Jenson likes unfair advantages rather he craves for it, like last season.

Commodore S - Unregistered

March 24, 2010 12:40 PM

If he wants to whinge regarding the time slot he should whine to Bernie.

Bernie insisted the time slot be changed from 3.00 to 5.00 for T.V presence in prime time overseas countries. Think of the money?.

JET - Unregistered

March 24, 2010 1:03 PM

If there is a huge shunt at the end of the race, Button will be proved correct...AND HOW!

On the upcoming GP I reckon it will be a decent race, on bernies mandate, sent to teams and drivers to "spice it up"!
I mean its not like everyone was trying in Bahrain eh Bernie?

realfan10 - Unregistered

March 24, 2010 1:05 PM

Commodore your exactly right, its all about money into Bernies pocket. He doesn't concern himself with the safety aspect, its money pure and simple. I cant see what is wrong if a driver wants to express his concerns, its his right. We will see after the race how difficult conditions are for the drivers and see how many cope. I suspect the younger guys will commit Hari Kari and put the pedal to the metal in their efforts to prove themselves, whilst those with experience and value to their lives will drive cautiously. As for the first comment and the attack on Jenson personally, he won by a large margin, not scrape through by single point and charity. You dont get more convincing than that.

tman - Unregistered

March 24, 2010 1:12 PM

Well motor-racing is dangerous, drivers take risks in plenty of other ways. I think some of the drivers complained of the heavy fuel-load, but what a waste of time.

Wouldn't be surprised to see this ban overturned, it takes out the fun element of how drivers with different fuel-loads would compare etc.

We have to rely on bad-weather, crashes or other bizarre situations to occur to make the show more exciting.

A.S. - Unregistered

March 24, 2010 1:50 PM

If JV and Ralf had their Melbourne accident nowadays during the sunset and not in 2001, they would quickly come back to the standard local-time (14:00) of the race-start.


March 24, 2010 2:04 PM

commodore. you say bernie insisted on the time change, but WHY does he have the ultimate say?? surely the organisers of a race have more of a right to nominate the start time, so i wonder if bernie put certain pressure on them to move the start time. "no time change, no 2011 gp"

Alan D - Unregistered

March 24, 2010 3:11 PM

Richard, it used to be in the rulebook that the race started at 2pm(?) local time but Bernie wanted it changed for commercial reasons, i.e. he could make more money out of night races etc. It wasn't for the good of the sport, just a purely commercial decision. I can't think of any other sport where the commercial rights holder has so much power to influence the rules, decide on venues, drain money out of the sport, or have been granted those rights for over 100 years. I don't see how that deal between Max and Bernie could have been any more corrupt

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