F1 » Button: I suffered for looking after my tyres in Turkey

Jenson Button reflects that he was effectively punished for having driven 'a clean, strong race' and taken care of his tyres in last weekend's Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul - but he tips McLaren-Mercedes to bounce back in Barcelona

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May 12, 2011 12:13 PM

I'm not sure what JB is getting at here. I heard him say this after the race but what is he implying? The 3 stopper could never have got him any higher up than 4th. He never kept up with MW in the first stint to put pressure on him or FA with tyre strategy

oldtimer - Unregistered

May 12, 2011 12:46 PM

It's the same for everybody so Button better get used to it but I think the tyre rules are a joke and make the races into a total lottery, you either drive flat out and degrade the tyres and have to pit early or you try and save them which loses you time, either way everybody is doing something different all the time hence the increase in overtaking, it's not real racing at all because everybody drives differently and is on a different strategy. It is in my view totally contrived and makes a mockery of F1. Having said all of that Button would still be moaning
if things were equal as he would still be having trouble keeping up with Vettel, Hamilton, Webber, Alonso and a few others

CeeJay - Unregistered

May 12, 2011 12:50 PM

I'm waiting for the first of the front runners to just use one or two sets of tyres in all the qualifying sessions to keep 4 or 5 new sets for the race.


May 12, 2011 1:11 PM

Old timer, the tyres rule is a joke! No they are not they are intentionally specified by the FIA to artificially spice up the racing.
And it is not only your view that the racing is totally contrived and makes a mockery of F1, I already said more than once elsewhere that the racing has become manufactured, contrived and artificial.

Taz - Unregistered

May 12, 2011 1:15 PM


Well don't watch it then, simple.

I think this season has been very entertaining, if that doesn't sit well with your purest view of F1 then too bad, lets bring back active suspension, fuel stops, traction control and watch one team sail of into the distance like Williams did all these years ago....and what a boring season that was.


May 12, 2011 1:21 PM

i seem to remember that when teams found out about the advantage of fresh tyres, ferrari brought schumi in FIVE times for changes, and he still won! cannot remember the race, but i am sure that someone with stats at hand can dial up the race in question.

but button is right. struggling on worn tyres, and losing 2 secs a lap was probably worse than having an extra pit stop. after all, lulu proved this, and button had been as fast as lulu up to the first stop.


May 12, 2011 1:31 PM

Richard, it was a Ross Brawn masterpiece, a four stopper and not five.
Taz, I never said the racing is boring and yes there is more overtaking (a record in Turkey) what I said was that the racing has become manufactured, contrived and artificial.

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