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F1 Monaco GP: Button ‘lucky’ to avoid harm in drain cover strike

Jenson Button on drain cover incident - "I think we have enough risks and this is a controlled environment... It's an incident we don't want to see again."
Jenson Button admits he was 'lucky' not to suffer more consequences as a result of striking a loose drain cover during first free practice for the Monaco Grand Prix, saying it is not an incident he wants to see again.

The McLaren-Honda driver suffered front-end damage on his MP4-31 when his right front wheel struck a drain cover spiralling down the hill at the exit of Ste Devote. The metal cover had been sucked up by Nico Rosberg ahead and spent spinning into the unsighted Button's path.

Button, a strong advocate for the introduction of a canopy protection device to deflect such debris at cockpit level, escaped without too much consequence other than damage to the car, but says it is an incident that alarmed him around a venue that has otherwise showcased high standards for safety in the past.

“The day was made a lot harder because of the drain cover, that broke through the front wing, front suspension, brake intakes and we also needed to change the floor.

“The guys did a great job to get me out early in FP2 and we made progress, but there's still a long way to go before we're happily competitive.

“I think we have enough risks and this is a controlled environment – or it should be. I have to say that normally here the safety is very good, in terms of what they do, because it's a street circuit, but that was definitely an incident we don't want to see again here.

“We were lucky in the way it damaged the car, it stayed quite low on the ground, which is good – that's all I've got to say about it.”

Button would end the day with the 10th fastest lap time in FP2.



by Ollie Barstow



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drfoggy

May 26, 2016 7:36 PM

the scary thing is that this type of object could easily get through the proposed halo device - it could actually make it worse if it were to ricochet off the centre post or top ring back into the drivers head. At least the red bull canopy would have deflected it away from the drivers head. the halo needs chucking in the bin before an accident happens and people realise that its only guaranteed to work against large objects such as wheels. Its likely that it couldnt have helped Massa either. Lets ignore the fact that it was Ferrari's idea & go with the red bull solution (or similar)

arthermo77

May 26, 2016 7:21 PM

I always thought that drains were welded shut?. If Rosburgs car is creating enough suck to lift a man hole cover someone ought to check their cars out. Also the halo system would not help if it were hit by a manhole cover would it??



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