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Button hits out at criticism

Jenson Button has slammed suggestions that he 'whinges' too much during F1 weekends as he seeks to rebound from his Montreal misery.
Jenson Button has hit out at criticism that he moans too much during grands prix weekend by attempting to explain that his apparently negative comments are actually designed to help the McLaren team get the best from his car.

Complaints that his MP4-27 is struggling with 'lack of grip', 'vibration', 'understeer' or 'oversteer' are constants throughout the various sessions on a race weekend, although primarily confined to practice as Button and McLaren attempt to hone the car for qualifying and the grand prix itself. With in-car communication now broadcast at the discretion of television directors, the 32-year old comes over as constantly complaining about the set-up, but Button insists that the portrayal is, firstly, not accurate, and second, being misinterpreted by viewers.

“It's not moaning,” the 2009 world champion told Britain's Mirror newspaper, “People say 'he ­always whinges', [but] you are not whinging. It is about developing a car through the race. It's what drivers do.

“If you drove round and didn't say anything for the whole race, you are doing something wrong. If you complain about oversteer, understeer or an issue, it is to improve for the next stint of the race. At the pit-stop, you can raise the tyre ­pressures, add front wing, you go out and it should be better. A driver doesn't just drive the car, he engineers the car with his engineers.

“If you have an issue, you try to solve it in the race. You don't wait until the end and say 'first stint, I had massive understeer'. If you do that, the ­engineers will say 'why didn't you tell us? We could have solved it for the next stint'.”

No amount of complaint or explanation could help Button in Canada, where a first practice gearbox problem cost him valuable set-up time, and left him with a suspension configuration that simply ate up his Pirelli tyres at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. While team-mate Lewis Hamilton was making it seven winners from seven races in 2012, Button was coming home a lapped 16th after making three tyre stops and struggling for pace.

The result left the Briton a lowly eighth in the championship standings, but he remains defiant and, after admitting to the possibility of starting this weekend's European GP in Valencia with Hamilton's set-up, has vowed to put the frustration of Montreal behind him.

"The last few races haven't delivered the results I'd like, but there are still 13 races to go," he noted, aware that he has added just 20 points from a possible 150 since his opening round victory in Australia, "We've had seven different winners and no clear championship leader has emerged, so I'll be looking to get a decent result under my belt [this] weekend in order to get my title bid back on track."

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bob - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 3:17 PM

These comments just make me laugh. First of all, let's get something out of the way. I'm a big time Button supporter and not a great fan of Hamilton - even less of a fan of most of Hamilton's supporters. Anyway, let me just say that I think Hamilton is doing a great job this year and WAY better than last season. He leads the championship currently and he deserves to. Having said all that, most of the comments on this story from the Hamilton supporters are just a joke. Last year Hamilton had problems, so all the fanboys told all and sundry that Button's dominance last season didn't count. Now Button is having problems and clearly performing below his potential, and all of a sudden the fanboys tell everyone that the cream has finally risen to the top and the current form is how it really is???? Are you lot even serious? How can a direct comparison be made until BOTH drivers are performing to the peak of their potential?

eggnogg - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 9:56 AM

Car has to be absolutely perfect or he will not perform. LH on the other hand will drag the car round the circuit kicking and screaming if it only has 3 wheels and still be on the pace!!

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