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Jenson Button: It's easy for me to say I would have been on the podium because we didn't finish and I am sure a lot of people will disagree with me, but I think we had a chance to fight with Mercedes

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Angelina - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 8:42 PM

The driver has to take responsibility of his own car. The lollipop man doesn't have his foot on the throttle. The jackman would have caused maybe a ~5s delay, but No Grip's inability to deal with pressure meant he cracked and didn't focus on the traffic light screen.

sam - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 9:52 PM

jim, good points, but yesterday was it tororoso who released car badly into caterham? i think maybe there are other problems with smaller teams with pitstops but when half a dozen cars all pit on same lap, cameras not really on those small teams. also,further back cars often have more gap to next driver so they are not pushing so hard to find extra tenth of second.

ahjelina, did not know that about button leaving on red. did you see it yourself. surprised if that happen that no-one mentioned it. i saw article button blames mechanic.

Angelina - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 10:03 PM

Yeah he would blame the mechanic. I'm not surprised none of the commentators said anything. They all show favouritism towards him. Like coulthard...you can visibly see him restraining himself from criticising No Grip. Button and his PR team have worked magic on the media.

Angelina - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 10:17 PM

@ gog

I have the race taped. You can clearly see it. Mclaren have like an LED display with green lights for three tires, and red for the front right. No Grip should not have taken off.

Robert - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 10:21 PM

Angie - the wheel light was indeed red, I checked the replay. BUT - in a 2.3 second pitstop, the driver cannot look at his mirrors, the wheel light screen (which is mounted higher than his straight line vision to clear the rear wing), and the lollipop man. Instead, he looks forward at the lollipop, and the lollipop man is looking backwards at traffic and at the wheel board. The driver has a single point of focus - his job is the perfect launch when given ONE signal. And JB has been working to perfect his launches from the jacks, as was commented by Sky in Melbourne - he has perfected wheelspin off the jack by slipping the clutch for a fast getaway.

As far as I can tell from the replay, JB was given a green by the lollipop, and Whitmarsh has confirmed this. Saying "he could have done so and so" is silly when that is just not the way the system is supposed to work. But, haters gotta hate, I understand.

Angelina - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 10:32 PM

That's exactly my point. A pit stop is so much more than just going in and leaving. You can't just switch off all intuition and just blindly ride the clutch. Sure he practiced he launch. Did he practice his contingencies when something went wrong? Did he practice paying attention to his surroundings? No....well he should have. In trying to gain 0.05s, he lost a couple of minutes.

Robert - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 11:14 PM

Angie: Let me ask you a question - the mirrors, wheel lights, and lollipop are NOT located in the same field of view. Which should he check LAST?

A simple question, but a complex answer. If the lollipop goes green, does he THEN take a fraction of a second to double check the mirrors, then the wheel lights? Remember, he if he spins his wheels at all, he is launching right into the pit in front, so his attention has to be on their crew and hoses before he launches. So...after the lollipop goes green, does he check both mirrors (for traffic and crew around the car) and then the wheel lights, and then shift vision back forwards? He probably loses 0.3 seconds at least. Add that up over 2-3 pitstops, and it's easily a second, maybe more. More importantly, WHAT DOES HE TRUST? The lollipop man has a better view rearwards - does he trust that to be the final version, or does he check his limited mirrors and second guess? Does he pause until he can resolve any discrepancies? In this c

Angelina - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 11:24 PM

He can look at the lolipop and the screen...they are both in front of him. More importantly, as the "team leader" (hahahaha....sorry I still cant say that without laughing) he should have drilled his team to do this better. You can't leave something that important up to twitmarsh & co

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