F1 » Button escapes grid penalty, keeps fourth


Jenson Button: I saw Felipe [Massa] heading into the gravel as I came up to him. I definitely would have been quicker on that run, but I got into the yellow flag zone, saw his car, spotted the smoke and backed out of it a little bit.

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Paul in Preston - Unregistered

October 29, 2011 4:13 PM

So, Button was showed to lift when he saw Massa go off. Did he lift again for the flashing yellow light?

Ok, it was the wrong signal and should have been green but Button did not know this and there could have been a pile up around the corner.

If he didn't lift twice then there should be a penalty. Having drivers second-guess if signals are correct or not is a big safety concern.

Sarah Holt was very fast to post a piece on the BBC site listing all of Hamiltons problems this season as soon as he got his penalty yesterday! A rather nasty piece of 'journalism' I would say. At least she could have pointed out that Lewis has beaten Jenson more times this year when both the Mclarens have finished, despite all his 'problems'.

Inspiral - Unregistered

October 29, 2011 6:04 PM

Strangely, all this talk of Button getting done for slowing at the scene of the crash. I assume Massa won't be penalised for cutting the corner. He will therefore start the race with a fixed car, and his normal grid position? Odd, that.

Or will park ferme conditions mean he has to race a 3 wheeler from the start, a la Gilles Villenueve? :D

Paul in Preston - Unregistered

October 29, 2011 7:21 PM

Massa was penalised by not improving his lap time. Repair of genuine accident damage is allowed under the rules.

The officials are happy about button slowing for massa's off. But are they happy about his actions regarding the flashing yellow?

quentin - Unregistered

October 29, 2011 9:40 PM

double standards again and it shows one rule for one and another for someone else. watch the senna movie this sort of double standards was going on then and still is now what a farce the rules are in f1

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