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Button: We all make mistakes

29 May 2010


Jenson Button says he has moved on from the frustration of the Monaco Grand Prix, where hopes of repeating his 2009 victory were dashed after two laps by engine failure on his McLaren.

Although gremlins are part and parcel of the F1 game, Button's demise was caused by an uncharacteristic error from the McLaren team, which contrived to leave a radiator 'blank' in one of his sidepods, forcing engine temperatures to rise dangerously high as he made his way to the grid. Annoyed at seeing his 100 per cent scoring record ended in such a manner, the Briton has since sat down with the mechanic responsible in a bid to clear the air.

"I'm sure the person who did make the mistake will never, ever do that again," Button told Reuters in Istanbul, "The guy was devastated and, in a way, I felt sorry for him because we all make mistakes.

"We all do so many checks in this sport to make sure there is never an issue but, now and again you do make a mistake, and it's amazing when it is such a small mistake how big an issue it can be."

Compounding the error, Button revealed that removing the bung had not been a regular part of the pre-race ritual.

"It wasn't just a mistake, it was mis-communication more than anything else," he conceded, "That bung shouldn't have been there in the first place. He wasn't looking to take it out because it wasn't supposed to be there. When you know you have to take it out, you take it out, but when you don't think it's there, and it is, it's a difficult one."


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