Jenson Button has criticised Pastor Maldonado after a collision between the two during the Singapore Grand Prix denied him a potential points' finish.

Despite a slow first pit-stop, the second safety car hauled Button into top ten contention for McLaren after getting his strategy right, where he found himself embroiled in a tussle with Lotus' Pastor Maldonado at the restart.

However, Button's hopes would come undone when he clipped the back of Maldonado on the exit of turn seven and broke his front-wing, necessitating a change. Though Button accepts he instigated the contact, he says Maldonado exited the corner 'strangely', adding that he was almost 'driven off the circuit' at the previous bend.

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"I drove into the back of him so you could say it was my fault, but he didn't accelerate out of the corner, so it was very strange. He was trying to block the inside line, but he didn't accelerate. It felt like he was stationary on the exit of the corner.

"The corner before that, he just drove me off the circuit. I don't know what he was trying to do, he was trying to put me in the grandstands I think... If there had been a brick wall, I would have been in it. The boy hasn't changed and he won't ever change."

Reflecting on the race itself, Button - who retired anyway with technical problems - said the chance for points was more down to the luck of the safety cars, rather than the car's raw pace.

"These races where we can get these points, we're not quick enough to get some points. We're lucky through other people's mistakes and safety cars, but the pace isn't there."


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I am with Jenson on this one... must be really hard to keep quiet when you know you still have the pace to be at the front - and theres a wally with a Merc engine driving like an idiot in front of you...

I wouldn't blame Jenson for quitting at the end of this year - he doesn't need this cr*p at this point in his career.

McLaren have been shocking this year, really no other words to describe it.