F1 » Button: What a crazy race!


Jenson Button: It was a tough battle with Lewis [towards the end], but we didn't touch and we still finished first and second, so that's how you do it.

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JJJ

May 31, 2010 10:46 AM

I think Button could have gone quite a bit quicker in the end than Lewis since he probably saved his tires and fuel better, but in this situation I will give McLaren a pass for the team orders.

Speaking of which, apparently (I've read it on a german site) Webber had been told by the team to tune the engine down a little as well and bring it home, whereas Vettel wasn't. Could explain why he could so easily get alongside of Webber.

sam - Unregistered

May 31, 2010 10:58 AM

Maclaren showed a bit of class in Turkey, Button showed once and for all to those that doubt that he can in fact drive and drive well and Red Bull showed zero class and the fact that Vettel is far from the top shelf of drivers....imagine him having to do what Alonso did in Monaco without taking out half the field....Vettel severely over rated. Hamilton drove well and kept pressure on all race. Not far behind now Maclaren...shades of last year, and they have the better engine.

Daffy duck - Unregistered

May 31, 2010 11:22 AM

Having just watched the race either Mclaren didn't tell Jenson to slow when they told Lewis to or and I suspect JB knew he was beat and instead of following orders put the pedal to the metal and made 1.1 seconds on Hami when previously he couldn't make an advantage, pretty cynical if you ask me but it is a race. Thought Hamis comeback was a proper slap and he pull a gap easily after that. Was interesting to note that it seemed as though Button was only asked to save fuel after he didn't make his pass on Hami stick.. Trying to fix the results??? neither the Mclaren nor Redbull teams looked good this weekend except the drivers..with poss except SV??
Buttons and Horner comments were giddy..

F1 Novice

May 31, 2010 11:34 AM

Last year we had a rule that meant each drivers starting fuel load was monitored and declared by the FIA - I think there is now a place for a rule stipulating that finishing fuel amounts have to be declared - I do not subscribe to the fact that the TEAM must come first - this is a mistake that F1 has been making for some time - FANS should come first and I suspect that "conserve fuel instructions" are replacing the rightly banned "Team Orders" to stop team mates racing and the fans are missing out on exciting fighting finishes.

Cont'd....

F1 Novice

May 31, 2010 11:35 AM

Cont'd..

With the re-fuelling ban in place the whole race is now a different type of strategy game - but what is the point of an intelligent Driver/Engineer combination taking the decision to drive smartly a little early on to conserve tyres / fuel so they can attack later when their rivals - be they in competitor teams or team mates - are most vulnerable if they haven't followed the same strategy.

Using the "save fuel card" stinks of TEAM ORDERS to me & the FIA have the ability, should have the nuts & need to stamp it out now !

I guarantee you both Button & Webber will be looking at the "fuel left" data very closely after this race - we as fans should also be privvy to that info too.

JJJ

May 31, 2010 11:35 AM

Just read an interview with that idiot (I have always thought so, but now it got confirmed once again), Helmut Marko. He completely puts the blaim on Webber for the incident.

No question about who the team favours. This doesn't bode well for Webber, he'd better hope Vettel keeps hitting trouble the following races so the team will then be forced to stand behind himself otherwise they're just going to make Vettel run away with it.

@Daffy Duck, you could see Button was saving his fuel and tires all race, while Hamilton was putting on some moves. In the end when they were both told to save fuel it would make sense that Button was quicker than Hamilton at that point.

Nigel - Unregistered

May 31, 2010 11:54 AM

Team orders can be issued in a variety of ways. With Vodaphone McLaren Mercedes "CONSERVE FUEL" ment in this case "BUTTON GIVE LEWIS SPACE AND LET HIM GET ON TO WIN THIS ONE".
Which Jenson did without further debate. That's English discipline and diplomacy for you. Well done anyway.

A.S. - Unregistered

May 31, 2010 12:00 PM

The teams spend millions on new cars which theoretically should make overtaking easier, debate on rule-changes concerning fuel, build KERS for 2009 and do plenty of other things and suddenly...
When finally THERE IS some racing and millions of spectators are awaiting the outcome, they tell their drivers "NOT TO RACE" (conserve fuel was masked TEAM ORDERS) and all the hype goes away :rolleyes:
F1 should be punished and boycotted for few races. They don't care about fans. If only there was old Champ Car at it's best...

Sharp - Unregistered

May 31, 2010 12:12 PM

Lucky guy (Button) because Whitmarsh's intention to sabotage Hamilton. it's clear and it is despicable, failed pit stop, misconfiguration. strategy to hold back Hamilton :rolleyes:while letting Button race it's all planned at Whitmarsh to give his lovely boy (Button) advantage over Hamilton. what a joke

Ruggy Muggy - Unregistered

May 31, 2010 12:33 PM

F1 NOVICE.

You did not watch the race. Wasnt lewis told to save fuel just to allow button catch him up. One thing is favouritism and the other hypocrisy. And you guys know it well.

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