F1 » Watson explains ‘facts of life’ to Button

Former McLaren driver John Watson has told Jenson Button to get used to being challenged by the 'new young pup' in the Woking team.

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bob - Unregistered

April 26, 2013 12:58 PM

@all the Button haters

Are you lot even serious?

There is absolutely nothing wrong with getting on the radio to your team if your team mate runs into the back of you. Everyone else would do the same. And to all the people saying how arrogant Button is for sounding like Perez's dad, I believe he has earned it.

This is Button's 14th year in F1 and he is the most experienced driver on the grid. He has every right to sound the way he did towards a young guy in only his 3rd year.

And as far as Button brake testing him - give it a rest! First of all, he was on the inside defending the line on the approach to the corner. This would ALWAYS mean he would have a slower exit out of the corner than Perez. Second of all, 'hanging' the car on the apex of a corner is a recognized defending technique to prevent the switch back and good race craft.

Get a clue!

bob - Unregistered

April 26, 2013 1:01 PM

Everyone needs to listen to what JB actually says in the interview.

He didn't like the wheel banging and getting rammed up the rear, but very much enjoyed the racing.

To add to this he also stated that Perez out raced him, was faster than him and beat him outright. He then went on to congratulate Perez on his performance.

Yeah, really the talk of a sore loser!

bob - Unregistered

April 26, 2013 1:12 PM

@old timer

A little knowledge is in fact a dangerous thing, although I suggest brushing up on your knowledge a little before telling others off.

The highest Watson ever finished in the WDC was 3rd, in 1982.

And I hardly think the most experienced driver on the grid needs any advice from Watson. Especially not when he quite clearly stated that he had no problem with racing Perez or anyone else and even congratulated Perez for being faster than him and beating him out right.

He was quite simply pointing out that Perez needs to calm down a bit - a sentiment shared by all the top drivers in F1 at only the last race in China.

So how about everyone actually listens to what Button said on the radio and in the interview and not just what they think he said or meant.

KevinW - Unregistered

April 26, 2013 1:12 PM

Perez did a great job. He raced hard, got around Button, took it to Alonso, managed his tires better than his team-mate. Indeed, Jensen was being a wimp and needs to man up and shut up. Perez was told to step up - he did exactly that- Bravo!


April 26, 2013 1:13 PM

bob. unfortunately some on here follow idols, not racing.

your point about buttons cornering speed , in defence , was spot on, and dont forget, that perez was hoping to capitalise on this, went wide entry and tried to accellorrate to get through his inside on the exit of the corner. just did it a mite too soon, hence the slight touch. and button /perez touch was not the only such event in the race, but little comment about those others.
button wont set the tracks alight, but he is a steady and experienced driver, competing against a young charger who is still trying to prove himself.

bob - Unregistered

April 26, 2013 1:16 PM

I'd would absolutely love it if Perez was bouncing off the back of Hamilton.

This message board would be flooded with fanboys telling us how reckless and stupid Perez is and that he needs to calm down. But no, it was Button he was hitting so the very same fanboys tell us that Perez did nothing wrong!

If you think I'm wrong, how bout going back to the messages posted on this site after the Japanese GP last year where Perez was diving and lunging at Hamilton. TOTAL outcry from the fanboys!

gp - Unregistered

April 26, 2013 1:46 PM

how embarrassing for button to ask martin to calm down perez,
perez a pay per drive driver beating button looks like career dive for button

tdog - Unregistered

April 26, 2013 2:13 PM

Why is Hamilton's name coming up on almost every comments section of every article? Haters accusing fanboys. Are you guys just all the same? Biased and lack credibility?

As I've said in another article, if Perez didn't hit Button, Button wouldn't call in. For 3 years, Button has raced a teammate considered by many drivers and expert as one of the best and not a single call to the pit except when they banged wheels in Canada in 2011. Button, IMO is a fair racer and that's all he's asking for and Perez has been abit too excited and wild in the last 2 races. Ask Kimi and Alonso.

But watch out Jenson, Perez is coming fast and he will learn from this and start honing his racecraft. He might even learn it from watching you. I think he will get the better of Jenson soon enough. The boy has been unleashed and is quick. We know from his Sauber days, he can also preserve his tires.

Seb - Unregistered

April 26, 2013 3:07 PM

This coming from a man who open admitted he quit f1 when senna joined as he knew even with senna in a lesser car he didnt have the aggression to match him!!!!

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