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F1 Monaco GP: Button rues heavy traffic for underwhelming ninth

Jenson Button feels he missed out on a more profitable result in Monaco after getting stuck in traffic midway through the race.
Jenson Button feels he missed out on a more profitable result in Monaco after getting stuck in traffic midway through the race as he claimed ninth place.

The McLaren-Honda driver opted for an aggressive tyre strategy in the wet-to-dry race at the Principality but his charge was somewhat diluted with his rivals opting for similar plans.

Despite this, Button felt those on an alternate strategy but who were ultimately slower cost him the opportunity of finishing higher in the pecking order and challenging his team-mate Fernando Alonso in fifth.

“There as definitively more to come today,” Button said. “I pitted probably at the right time, but the problem was that as soon as I pitted, everyone else pitted. it was a bit of a pain and I was also stuck behind the Manors.

“I think the communication between the team and myself wasn't that good, because we should have got out ahead of the Manors, because you can't really overtake around here. Even with a 4s gap on lap time it's almost impossible to overtake, so if I'd known that I wouldn't have pitted so early.

“It was a bit of a mistake, but we got good points and we wouldn't have got that many points if it was dry.

“I think we made the right calls in terms of tyre performance but not in terms of traffic. But we got good points for the team.”

Button's comments come as a reflection on the British team's turn of fortunes compared to 12 months ago, with the former F1 world champion claiming his third consecutive points finish – Button only managed four points finishes in total last year.

Button's ninth, coupled with Alonso's fifth, sees McLaren rise to seventh in the F1 world constructors' championship and only six points off of Toro Rosso in sixth.

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May 31, 2016 7:02 AM

I rather thought my post would bring that result but is everybody telling me that Hamilton, Vettel, Vestappen etc would'nt have found a way round the Manor cars, i think Button is cruising most of the time having driven poor cars for so long, he can't seem to Ignite the spark of that brilliant drive in Canada several years ago, perhaps his bank balance is slowing him down?


May 30, 2016 4:40 PM

Button never has qualified well except when he drove for Brawn, he's not as fast as Alonso either so making excuses is not the way to go, he's not earning the money he is paid and as soon as Mclaren realise that Vandoorne will be in the car and will probable prove be faster as well. You can't blame Button though he's had a crap car for years and is at the end of a mediocre career so he's taking what he can get.

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