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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April 27, 2013 4:21 PM

Wattie moaned about Vettel ignoring team orders and
overtaking Webber, yet he says that Button should not complain about Perez having a go! Get a grip Wattie, the punters want to watch real racing not formation driving.

Grid penalties are ruining races and are robbing the paid punters of a 'level playing field' . Other penalities such as dropped points or monetary donations to any
of the world's deserving charties would surely be a
better option. Every Grand Prix should be a stand alone race, grid positions determined in qualifying and NOT by penalties. Next time there are grid
penalties, I'm switching off the telly.

jim crint - Unregistered

April 28, 2013 11:46 AM

Jenson wasn't the only one complaining about Perez, remember Alonso, Hamilton & Raikkonen after the China GP so what all the anti-Button brigade are saying about him also applies to other drivers.

Personally I couldn't give a monkeys about JW's opinion, although he's perfectly entitled to it, of course! Jenson has never had a problem with racing and fighting hard with his team mate. The way Perez drove at top speed on the straight, weaving towards another car and banging wheels, was just plain stupid and hopefully he won't do it again.

jim crint - Unregistered

April 28, 2013 2:51 PM
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Holy moly!!!

You're on the verge of becoming psychotic mate, if this is a scenario you can envisage if someone complains about someone else's driving. Your road rage must be epic. I suggest you seek help before you're lost to the dark side forever!

fletcher - Unregistered

April 29, 2013 5:29 AM

jim crint----what do you think of Button running Perez off the track? Jenson is no angel on the track and I wouldn't want him any other way, You sound like Jenson on that SKY interview.

US F1 follower - Unregistered

April 29, 2013 1:44 PM

With all due respect, why is John Watson, who won something like 5 GPs in 154 races back in the '70s and '80s, saying anything about this issue. Do these old guard just want to seem relevant in today's world? Is he being pressed by Sky Sports to keep his name in the public eye?
Let Button (who actually did WIN a Driver's Championship, let us remember), Perez, the the McLaren team management decide how they're going to work out this issue.


April 29, 2013 6:33 PM

usf1. watson is a current tv pundit, so presumably he was asked for his opinion....and gave it. he as won more gps and been more successful than the maojrity of pundits, so i think that his points are valid, even if you no not agree with them

jim crint - Unregistered

April 29, 2013 8:34 PM

@fletcher - I don't have Sky, not Mr Murdoch's biggest fan, so I wouldn't know if I sounded like Jenson or not.

All drivers take the racing line out of a corner when fighting, conveniently pushing the guy next to them off the circuit if they don't back off. Jenson was hard in that instance but he was entitled to do that and his blood was up after Perez's antics on the straight, and if he had backed out of it everyone would be saying Perez had his number!

I'm glad it's happened. It was a bit of a love fest at McLaren beforehand. Both drivers have lead that team well through troubled times and they'll now be even more motivated which is just what McLaren needs right now.

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