F1 » Button: These things happen

Jenson Button says the incident that put him out of contention in Malaysia was one of those things and that he holds no grudges for the pit lane mistake

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oldtimer - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 10:30 AM

The problem is it keeps happening at McClaren, I thought the problems had been solved but clearly they have'nt. Unfortunately they have become part and parcle of the gradual decline of McClaren from a regular front running team. Button was very good about it but perhaps that's part of the problem also, he only has a limited time in which to challenge for the championship and if I were him I would be less than pleased especially as this came on top of an appalling start to the 2013 season. Come on McClaren you can and MUST do better than this.

Firestorm - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 10:32 AM

Very pleased to watch McLaren getting closer and making the top four into a top five. However I still think that they are still somewhat off pace not only to Red Bull but to Ferrari, Lotus and Mercedes too. They said that Raikkonen won in Melbourne because he had a clean race. The same could be said about Button in Malaysia, he had a clean race so he was on the road of finishing fifth, I doubt his claims of a possible podium finish last race. Is clear that starting the race on intermediates and than continuing it on slicks hampered the races of the Lotuses and Massa. In normal conditions I believe that all of them could finish ahead of Button, so McLaren looks still for eighth or ninth positions. Unless they makes progress in two weeks time for the Chinese GP.

Angelina - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 11:05 AM
Last Edited 1051 days ago

Even without the pitstop blunder, he would not have beaten the Mercs.

"Even at the end we had a chance of scoring a point, but unfortunately I was struggling with my front left by that stage. It kept locking up, and it was producing such a bad vibration that I think the guys were worried that it might damage the front left suspension if I carried on"

Words of Button himself. Even with his "smooth" driving style, the front left was flat spotted. He would have had to come in like Perez. He would not have beaten the Mercs.

EDIT by CRASH.NET! Driver insult removed.

Yak - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 11:36 AM

Angelina - Without the pit stop mistake, Button probably could have taken it a bit easier to the end, rather than having a huge amount of time to try make up as much as possible. The onboard of Rosberg on one of the last laps into turn one, he lifted off the throttle before the 200 board. I'm guessing Rosberg would have been released to push on ahead IF Button was coming, but Hamilton likely wouldn't have stood a chance if Button couldn't get anywhere near him.


March 27, 2013 12:03 PM

@ Yak

Don't bother. Angelina has some or other agenda against Jenson that will not let he see the slightest bit of reason... She will come with "verifiable" evidence proving her right (Even though it's just her haggish rants).

Haters gonna hate!

jim crint - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 12:14 PM

With all the sulky shenanigans other drivers indulge in (cue shot of podium at Sepang), it's nice to know with Jenson there's at least one grown up in F1.

The mechanic who screwed up already knows how big a mistake it was, especially given how hard that team had been working to become competitive. He doesn't need some public admonishment from the driver. It's done. Move on!

michael fornarina - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 4:01 PM

Mclaren appears to have made some decent advances on their car.. but with two mixed-condition races.. (Button's specialty) it's still difficult to tell what each car-team is capable of doing -- the only real 'verifiable' evidence is that after two races.. Jenson has 2-points and Sergio has 2-points.

And at the moment if does NOT appear Lewis Hamilton made a mistake in leaving that team behind.. we'lll see what happens by the time we get through the European season and Mclaren say they plan a first big overhaul of the car. But bear in mind, all the other teams are planning big-upgrades as well.. so we'll re-set the competitive picture then and see where McL is in the pecking order in real terms and not whudda, shudda, couldda.

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