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Hungarian Grand Prix: Button: I don’t know what Grosjean was thinking...

Jenson Button survives assault to claim seventh place and valuable points in Hungarian Grand Prix.
Jenson Button emerged from the Hungarian Grand Prix with a smile on his face, despite a number of rugged encounters with rivals during the 70-lap race.

The Briton brought his McLaren home in seventh place after starting on the harder medium tyres and running a two-stop strategy that elevated him from a frustrating 13th on the grid. However, there was a point where the 2009 world champion feared his race may have been over after a particularly brusque move from the mercurial Romain Grosjean.

Having been bottled up behind both Button and Vettel after he and the German had made earlier stops to get rid of their soft Pirellis, Grosjean sensed that he needed to follow the three-time champion through but failed to clear the McLaren before the chicane loomed.

“I don't know what he thought [would happen],” Button sighed after the race, “Unless I took to the grass, it was inevitable we were going to touch! I don't think he was thinking at that point.”

Grosjean wasn't the only one to make contact with the McLaren, as Vettel became increasingly frustrated at seeing leader Lewis Hamilton pull away while he was stuck in traffic.

“It was a fun race – although I seemed to be a target for other cars!” Button laughed, “Sebastian tried many times to get past me, and clipped my rear wheel into turn two – he may have damaged his wing, but I was lucky not to puncture.”
Fortunate not to have to make an unscheduled pit-stop, the Briton was able to carry out his planned strategy, taking on the soft rubber for his middle stint before a return to the harder prime tyre paved the way to another points finish, even if he was unable to catch Grosjean for sixth.

“I ran almost half the race on the prime tyre, which was the longest of anybody, [and] it's good to show we can do that,” Button remarked, “Our middle stint pace on the option was also very good, and I had a blinding first lap, jumping from 13th to eighth.

“Seventh position might not look too exciting – particularly after we fought for fifth at the last race – but we've done a good job this weekend and taken a step forward. We beat a Ferrari fair and square, and we'd also have beaten a Mercedes if Nico [Rosberg] hadn't stopped, so we can take a lot of positives away from here. That's a nice little boost to send everyone off into the summer break.”

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July 28, 2013 6:32 PM

Grosjean blah blah blah (etc.) The truth is that Grosjean was at least 1 second quicker on each lap! It's a real shame that racing is now so polished. What's next step? Having to politely ask "may I overtake you" ?


July 29, 2013 5:49 AM

WTF, you always come out with some lame brain remark, "I don't know what he was thinking," "I was quicker," "Suddenly I didn't have any balance," really as you have said many, many times this is racing and there have been many times the same could have been said about you, especially your favorite position over Perez, lick your wounds, keep your mouth shut unless brain is engaged and go eat some sushi !

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