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Surtees: Brawn should have sacked lacklustre Button

Whilst Bernie Ecclestone has tipped Jenson Button as a potential Formula 1 World Champion in 2009, such has been the scintillating pre-season testing pace of the new Brawn GP [see separate story – click here], former title-winner John Surtees has suggested that the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix winner was lucky to keep his seat at the Brackley-based outfit at all.

The new BGP 001 has been tearing up the test tracks since its launch last month, to such an extent that both Button and hugely experienced team-mate Rubens Barrichello are now being considered front-runners for victory in the curtain-raising Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne this coming weekend.

Despite being on a considerably greater retainer than his Brazilian colleague, however, Button was largely shown the way by Barrichello in 2008, being out-qualified ten times to eight and out-scored by the margin of eleven points to just three. Surtees reckons the 29-year-old should also have been shown the door.

“Sebastian Vettel is a good example of a real driver,” the 1964 F1 World Champion told the Daily Mirror. “Look at Button instead – frankly, I wouldn't have confirmed him with the team.

“If you don't give 100 per cent even when the car is not so good, you have to be sacked. You can't be good just when you have a good car – but even when you don't.”


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Sammy Coombes

March 23, 2009 1:42 PM

I have alot of respect for John Surtees but i dont agree with him at all!! Jensons commitment to the former Honda squad at Brackley through out the tough times over christmas is just one example of the way in which he has grown as a driver from previous years. To be honest the earthdreams cars have not been championship contenders whether jenson was driving, Hamilton or even Surtees himself. I like many others hope Jenson, and Brawn prove Surtees wrong....They deserve it!!

FreddyFreeloader - Unregistered

March 23, 2009 2:39 PM

John Surtees is right!. F1 is a cut throat business and Jensen did a lot of whinging about the car last year. I do rate Jensen but I rate drivers who always try to drive the wheels off the car more. FA is a perfect example of this. Last years renault was average and FA was whinging big time but every time he raced he went flat out hence his podiums. I think Jensen has it all to prove and it looks like he's got a fast car so if he don't beat Ruebens .....



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