F1 » Horner accuses McLaren of using Button as 'a sacrificial lamb'


Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has claimed that F1 2010 title rivals McLaren-Mercedes deliberately compromised Jenson Button's chances in the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka in order to help team-mate Lewis Hamilton

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Powerline 2008 - Unregistered

October 12, 2010 12:01 PM

I don't remember MW taking JB's new front wing & giving it to LH. Even when LH damaged his rear wing in a shunt in Suzuka, LH had to wait for a new one from the UK. If it was RBR, CH would have taken MW's rear wing & gave it to SV, as he did with the front wing not too many races ago.

matto3227

October 12, 2010 12:20 PM

This is a good point by Mr Horner... maybe explains why Jenson was so angry after the race?

I hope this wasn't the case, im not a huge Button fan, but i feel that for his first season at McLaren, stepping into a team and having to deal with Lewis as his team mate, he has done a quality job there and it would be pretty poor banter if McLaren were trying to use him to aid Hamilton, he is only 3 points behind him after all.

Regardless of if that was what was going on or not, the Red Bulls would have had the sheer raw speed to blow Jenson out of the water surely?

Cubikrube

October 12, 2010 12:27 PM

Jeez, let's think about this for a moment, Lewis is stuck behind Jenson for how many laps when he was on the better tyre? So despite Jenson not letting Lewis through and Macca not asking him to do so in the early stages they then try and turn him into a stooge in the latter stages of the race.

That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever...is it just me or does it sound like what it smells like...starts with Bull and ends in hit with an s in the middle

trollface - Unregistered

October 12, 2010 12:39 PM

If Button was holding the RBRs up so much, why didn't they just overtake him?

Oh wait, because Vettel would have taken either Button or Webber out if he tried to pass. How silly of me!

Darth Maximus - Unregistered

October 12, 2010 1:02 PM

McLaren is fighting for the Constructors Championship with Red Bull. So any strategy to maximise total points haul is surely the best decision. Button took primes, coz he's better nursing it & can make it last longer. The decision was already made before Q3. So best is to stick with it - because tyres don't degrade linearly lap to lap. Waiting was sensible to see if suddenly the performance of the Red Bulls dropped & Button could pull away.

Button still finished ahead of Hamilton, so can't see how he turned out to be a "sacrificial lamb". Horners motive seems to be to build a scandal between the McLaren drivers.

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