Hamilton “surprised” by Button’s pass (Turkish Grand Prix team-by-team)

The McLarens very nearly finished in the opposite order

The McLarens very nearly finished in the opposite order

While the drama at Red Bull was impossible to miss, McLaren’s one-two win at Istanbul wasn’t a straightforward affair either.

After the race there was talk of “confusion” over the drivers’ instructions to save fuel. Lewis Hamilton spoke of being “surprised” that Jenson Button caught and passed him – before Hamilton reversed the move.

Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton
Qualifying position 4 2
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’26.781 (+0.348) 1’26.433
Race position 2 1
Average race lap 1’31.901 (+0.046) 1’31.856
Laps 58/58 58/58
Pit stops 1 1

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Jenson Button

McLaren enjoyed far better performance after a poor weekend in Monaco – and Button benefited from a problem-free race after suffering car trouble in the last two rounds.

Had it not been for Michael Schumacher’s spin in qualifying Button might well have taken third off Vettel in qualifying. Unfortunately Button had let Schumacher past before starting his final flying lap.

Schumacher got past Button at the first corner as Button took care not to run into his team mate. Unlike in Spain, this time Button made short work of Schumacher, passing him on the run to turn 12.

He never looked like passing Vettel in the opening stint, nor putting a move on his team mate – until the Red Bulls went out.

After that Button first closed on Hamilton, then passed him on lap 48, only for Hamilton to reverse the move at the next corner. Button then slipped back from his team mate – as the lap time chart above shows he was suddenly around half a second per lap slower.

Compare Jenson Button’s form against his team mate in 2010

Lewis Hamilton

Bounced back from a lurid spin at turn eight in final practice – partly thanks to him dragging the car back to the pits on at least two punctured tyres.

Hamilton split the Red Bulls in qualifying and put a handy pass on Vettel on the first lap to hold onto his second place at the start.

He fell back behind Vettel due to a slow pit stop and was close behind the two RB6s when they collided on lap 41.

It’s clear from the lap times that both McLarens began – or increased – their efforts to preserve their cars from that moment on. But Hamilton slowed down more than Button as he explained after the race:

I felt confident we could get a potential one-two, and we were trying to look after the tyres and save the fuel to the finish. The [lap time] target they gave me was perhaps a little bit slower than they?d meant, so Jenson was suddenly on my tail. I had a great battle with him, and was happy to get past because it was quite a surprise.
Lewis Hamilton

Reading between the lines it seems likely the pair were told to back off, the team wishing to avoid a repeat of what had happened to Red Bull.

But it’s unlikely that having Button pass Hamilton and then be re-taken by him figured in the team’s game plan at all, and they can consider themselves lucky it didn’t end in tears.

Compare Lewis Hamilton’s form against his team mate in 2010

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202 comments on Hamilton “surprised” by Button’s pass (Turkish Grand Prix team-by-team)

  1. I think many seem to miss the obvious in the whole Hamilton vs Button saga – simply, its not McLaren favouring button its the current rules as a whole, and the fact that the “best driver” is relative to current rules.

    In my view… Hamilton is faster on a single lap, but over a race under the CURRENT RULES, Button looks a better all round driver.

    Being fastest on a lap does not make you the best driver in F1.

    If the rules were to change then the “best driver” may change, even if no-one gets better or worse.

    • Osiris said on 31st May 2010, 11:30

      @MM: How do “the current rules” translate into Button receiving a “conserve fuel” instruction 3 laps later than Hamilton, especially since (as the Red Bull radio confirmed) both cars were “short on fuel”?
      If you are going to fly Button’s banner, just do so openly – don’t hide behind “it’s the rules”.

      • Ilanin said on 31st May 2010, 12:06

        Hamilton had his engine turned up in the early part of the race trying to overtake Webber. Button made no real attempt to get past Vettel, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he’d used less fuel.

      • Red Bull radio confirmed? – they certainly know less about the McLarens, than McLaren do – and both being short on fuel does not equal them being equally short on fuel. Hamiltons constant attempts to overtake and sitting on the rear of the RedBulls would almost certainly have used his fuel up much faster, so it would be completely logical for them to instruct button later.

        ps. I’m a Hamilton fan over Jeson anyday FYI. – I’m fed up with the moaning of people which effectively goes on the back of Hamilton as a driver.

    • TomD11 said on 31st May 2010, 11:48

      Well I don’t really think that’s true, in all the dry races so far Lewis has beaten Jenson (apart from Spain of course, for obvious reasons). Admittedly you could say it’s partly down to qualifying but that’s a key part of the race weekend.

    • kbdvies said on 31st May 2010, 14:06

      Really? Where did you get this stat from? You may want to look again at the average lap speed for all the races so far. You will see that Lewis is ahead of Jensen in all but 2 races this year.

  2. Novotny said on 31st May 2010, 10:52

    I was pretty sure there was contact between the two during Hamilton’s retaking of the lead. And then Button was half a second slower. Did anyone else notice that?

    • martin bell said on 31st May 2010, 11:01

      I think that everyone who watched the race noticed that, so what is the point you are trying to make?

      • TomD11 said on 31st May 2010, 11:51

        Well I think the point he was trying to make was whether that contact damaged Jenson’s car and caused him to go more slowly.

        I think it’s more a case of the team telling them both to just back off and conserve their cars. It didn’t look like there was any damage done.

        • Novotny said on 31st May 2010, 13:23

          Yes, that’s my point. With Button being better at preserving his tyres, generally, and not having been the one pressuring the Red Bulls for most of the race, I would think it plausible that he could have taken the lead towards the end of the race, but for team orders and, I suspect, a little damage to his front wing.

          I could be completely wrong, it’s just conjecture.

  3. Osiris said on 31st May 2010, 10:57

    It’s clear that Button, though under instructions to conserve fuel, chose to take the chance to sneak up on an unwary Hamilton – hoping to take the flag.
    But the McLaren garage is beginning to sound dishonest: it appears that there are cases where Button has information that Hamilton does not have. This seems to have played a part in Button “making” the right calls regarding tyres in previous races: I recall Hamilton being ordered to pit in a previous race, and him wondering out aloud on radio, “whose freaking idea was that?”. I also recall Hamilton’s team ordering him to slow down in Monaco, and him asking “Do you guys want me to race or what?”. And then the very suspicious puncture when Lewis was out front and all alone.
    Finally, the Turkey race seemed to confirm these suspicions – McLaren seem determined to hand races to Button by ensuring Hamilton’s car cannot race, one way or the other. Come next season, Hamilton would be well advised to find a new team – McLaren now, clearly, belongs to Button. What a shame.

    • Remembering only the times things have favoured button hardly makes for a all rounded argument. If anything it makes you appear to believe they should side with Hamilton over Button.

      Often top teams do split strategy calls where one car does one option and another does another option. In these instances every time Hamilton gets the aggressive drive strategy with fresh tyres and Button gets the keep your tyres and last longer strategy – anyone who wants to argue that’s the wrong way round must know little about F1.

      • Osiris said on 31st May 2010, 11:19

        @MM: I would love to hear of an occasion when Button has deferred to Hamilton on team “orders”. And Button does not get the “aggressive” role because, as Schumacher has shown twice now, Button doesn’t do aggressive. That might be a strategy – it certainly could have worked in Turkey. But I dont pay money to watch that.
        And no – anyone who has a different opinion to yours is not automatically an F1 greenhorn. You’d be surprised.

        • It doesn’t matter what you pay to watch, or want to watch, how they race is up to them.

          I’d love to hear of an occasion when Hamilton has deferred to Button on team orders?

          Im not saying people with different opinions are “F1 greenhorns”, what I said is what the F1 community commonly accept and that is Hamilton is a more aggressive driver than Button, and so my opinion was really stating that its completely logical for Hamilton to pit for fresher tyres and keep Button out if the team have decided they are going to split the strategy.

          I could understand people arguing that they shouldn’t have split the strategy, but that doesn’t seem to be what anybody moans about, people seem to suggest that they are deliberately giving Hamilton the “wrong” strategy.

    • martin bell said on 31st May 2010, 11:16

      Around this time last season, I feel that something changed in the Mclaren camp. Before that, it seemed unimaginable that Hamilton would ever drive for any other team. Wouldn’t you want to see that happen someday, to see how he would perform in a team that wasn’t entirely built around him? There is a certain fascination with watching Alonso struggle this year, and seeing how he copes with that. There is no conspiracy going on at Mclaren, just Lewis finding out that he’s not at the centre of the universe, something we all do at some time in our lives.
      F1 drivers,unfortunately, have to do it public.
      Remember the old joke; “Daddy, when I grow up, I want to be racing driver.”
      “You can’t do both, son.”

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 31st May 2010, 11:37

      McLaren seem determined to hand races to Button by ensuring Hamilton’s car cannot race, one way or the other. Come next season, Hamilton would be well advised to find a new team – McLaren now, clearly, belongs to Button. What a shame.

      Have you forgotten Button’s dash failing at the start of the Spanish Grand Prix? And a piece being left in his radiator at Monaco ending his race pretty much straight away?

      • Agree, though i have to admit something does seem strange. I can’t be sure what but it does seem to be to Hamilton’s detriment. But yeah, people do seem to be explaining Hamiltons misfortune with conspiracy, whilst overlooking Button’s as merely bad luck.

    • Obby said on 31st May 2010, 12:15

      While agreeing that the team have made some doubtful decisions with regard to Lewis this season I still am reluctant to believe they would risk team points to favour Jenson at this stage.

      However I found the team engineers statement that “both drivers were given the same lap time targets and Jenson managed to close up on Lewis” very confusing. In issuing the ‘same lap time’ instruction the team clearly intended that the cars would hold station. It is unlikely that Hamilton would have been unable to meet the slower time so how did Button close up if he was following the instruction and observing the same lap time?

      Lewis said afterwards that he had been “given too slow a time” so there may have been an engineers mistake. If not, then it would seem that Jenson was indulging in rather unsporting opportunism, which I would rather not believe.

  4. Button had been sitting pretty in 4th just biding his time, conserving tyres and saving fuel, but the pace of the fight at the front was so hectic that they were all marginal by the end.

    I believe Button had more fuel then Hamilton by the end and the move was simply that he was able to run faster, Hamilton didn’t expect it as they were “fuel saving”, but Button had been doing that since the first pit stop and obviously was not as marginal.

    After that lap Button dropped off and held station behind Hamilton, simply because the team had made it clear they were not to race… “fuel critical” = “team orders” by another name.

    No problem with that, its not preferential treatment, just the team stroking it home for a 1-2. Just a shame Button didn’t wait until turn one to take Hamilton, less chance of Lewis coming back at him straight away.

    • BBQ2 said on 31st May 2010, 12:19

      Another Button fanboy :( , if Button had succeeded in his sneaky move to win the race, people like you would hail him for his “intellingence” (doh) But now that he failed woefully you construct a myth around hie average driving.

      LH watch your back at McLaren as from now!!

      • BBQ2, you’re wrong on all counts.

        • Patrickl said on 31st May 2010, 21:05

          Well you are obviously wrong too.

          Hamilton was told to drive to a target laptime. So he does that and to his amazement he finds out thet Button does not have this target lap time. When in fact they told Hamilton over the radio that Button also was saving fuel.

          Either his engineer is incompetent or there is a conspiracy going on. Either way you cannot fault Hamilton for being taken when he’s expecting not to be attacked when trying to save fuel nursing the car home with a 30 second lead …

          • HG said on 1st June 2010, 0:10

            “either his engineer is incompetent or there is a conspiracy going on”

            Oh really????? this is the only, the only, explanation???

            How do you know that button did not have a target laptime? Are all radio communications broadcast to the Public?? -no

            Did button hang back from hamilton and the redbulls throughout the race and thus ensuring the very reasonable possibility that he had more fuel hamilton and better tyres? – yes

            Did you not hear them tell button to save fuel well before this whole “conspiracy” was suppose to take place? to use the very popular word at the moment “obviously”

            Could of button, with a slightly less critical fuel situation simply catch button, and then the competitive instincts of people who have had to compete for every step of the way to simply get to F1 take over? and hence he saw an opportunity and took that opportunity.

            Hamiloton did not look happy on the podium, and even admitted as much in a post race interview. This has been claimed as “evidence” of a conspiracy. Well that is a very, very low threshold of evidence. Here is a much more reasonable, and likely, explanation:
            Hamilton went through the whole Alonso “situation” before. This would have been incredibly stressful for all the team – Hamilton, Alonso, Denis, Whitmarsh etc. There were a lot of pundits predicting that Button was entering the “lions den, lewis’s team” he is going to get thrashed like no tomorrow. Some very famous people, who’s opinion frankly carries more weight than the collective opinions of us, such as the great and overall legend Jackie Stewart, publicly said the Button going to Mclaren was a mistake. Well so far, it has not been. Button has out performed a lot of peoples expectations. In fact- he is leading him in the championship at the moment.
            Button is no pushover. He joined a team when everyone said don’t go there. He is also no afraid to do a move on his teammate when he is leading the race close to the end. Hamilton has a sense of deja vu, a tough fight with a tough teammate and hence the reservation on the podium. He knows how tough it was last time.

          • Patrickl said on 1st June 2010, 20:42

            Button said he didn’t get a laptime. Just a generic message that he needs to conserve a bit of fuel

            It’s in the post race press conference.

          • HG said on 2nd June 2010, 9:30

            So a specific lap time to save fuel vs. a generic message to save fuel. Wow – that’s a slam dunk.

    • This is what I think it happened, too, although I’m glad that Hamilton took the flag. He kind of deserved it…

    • Rob said on 1st June 2010, 9:55

      This is becoming more like a Prost/Senna situation every race as far as I can see: all the armchair ‘experts’ declaring how Button(Prost) is sneaky or underhand because he drives thoughtfully and often unspectacularly, except when he needs to, while Senna(Hamilton) is the etroverted aggresive driver who of course must be the fastest and the winner out of the two, unless of course the team are going behind his back to sabotage him. Prost(Button) is ‘boring’ because he doesn’t overdrive or ruin a set of tyres while Senna(Hamilton) will go on a charge from the back of the grid into the points.

      All the conspiracy theorists need to grow up a bit, and have a think about why a team would develop a driver for ten years only to hire someone else and wreck their efforts because they are racist?! But of course, Button’s radiator in Monaco was just a smokescreen, wasn’t it? Give me strength…

      • David A said on 2nd June 2010, 1:39

        “All the conspiracy theorists need to grow up a bit, and have a think about why a team would develop a driver for ten years only to hire someone else and wreck their efforts because they are racist?!”

        Thank you, this is what i’ve been trying to tell the fanboys.

  5. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 31st May 2010, 11:40

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  6. F1 Novice said on 31st May 2010, 11:41

    Last year we had a rule that meant each drivers starting fuel load was monitored and declared by the FIA – I think there is now a place for a rule stipulating that finishing fuel amounts have to be declared – I do not subscribe to the fact that the TEAM must come first – this is a mistake that F1 has been making for some time – FANS should come first and I suspect that “conserve fuel instructions” are replacing the rightly banned “Team Orders” to stop team mates racing and the fans are missing out on exciting fighting finishes.

    With the re-fuelling ban in place the whole race is now a different type of strategy game – but what is the point of an intelligent Driver/Engineer combination taking the decision to drive smartly a little early on to conserve tyres / fuel so they can attack later when their rivals – be they in competitor teams or team mates – are most vulnerable if they haven’t followed the same strategy.

    Using the “save fuel card” stinks of TEAM ORDERS to me & the FIA have the ability, should have the nuts & need to stamp it out now !

    I guarantee you both Button & Webber will be looking at the “fuel left” data very closely after this race – we as fans should also be privvy to that info too.

  7. S Hughes said on 31st May 2010, 11:50

    Finally, would love to know the reaction if after clearly hearing the instruction that BOTH CARS should reduce their lap times and save fuel, and Hamilton was behind Button and then sneaked up and overtook him. There would be a lot bigger furore than you are seeing now – all the Hamilton-haters would come out of the woodwork and pile in.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 31st May 2010, 12:00

      You keep saying McLaren favour Button and you still haven’t posted any proof, just more conjecture.

      • kbdvies said on 31st May 2010, 14:24

        Keith, what is your opinion on this issue?
        The facts are uncomfortable –

        (1)Lewis told to save fuel, but more importantly, “both car are the same”. Everyone takes this to mean – Hold station, no need to trace anymore” He starts to cruise. Lap times confirms this.
        (2)Jenson catches Lewis, and overtakes.
        (3)Lewis, unsurprisingly is shocked, and calls this move “unexpected”.He fights back for the place.
        (3)Pit radio then tells Jenson he is “fuel critical” and to save fuel – Though this may have been a delayed transmission.
        (4) Jenson seems to back off.
        (5)Engineers confirm Jenson and Lewis given identical lap times – If correct, none would be going slower than the other.
        (6)Lewis says he was given a slightly “slower” lap time.
        (7)Jenson says he was saving fuel “almost” from the beginning of the race

        The question is – (1)what is going on? If they were supposed to be saving fuel, then their lap times generally contradict this. They also contradict Jenson’s assertion that he was saving fuel from the beginning.(2)If they were “both the same”, then why did Jenson overtake? (3) If they were give identical lap times, then why was Lewis Slower, and Jenson faster? (4)Why did Lewis claim he was given a slightly slower lap time?

        These are all valid questions, and in the absence of clear, concise answers, it is not surprising people allege a conspiracy, especially given some marginal strategy calls for Lewis by Macca this year.

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 31st May 2010, 14:38

          Honestly, I don’t believe we know the half of what happened here.

          We know that not everything that gets said to the drivers (of any team) is broadcast on television, and it doesn’t come out in real-time either.

          I suspect ‘fuel saving’ served two purposes – first, actual fuel saving which they needed to do to get to the end of the race. And second, as a means of controlling the drivers to stop them racing for position and risking a crash.

          But we’ve seen McLaren make quite a few mistakes this year on both sides of their garage – Hamilton’s strategy in Australia, not getting the cars out early enough in qualifying in Malaysia, Button’s radiator cover in Monaco…

          I don’t think there’s a pattern to those mistakes which suggests a conspiracy.

          • Patrickl said on 31st May 2010, 21:10

            Did you miss the bit about the target time in the post race interviews?

      • Patrickl said on 31st May 2010, 21:08

        He doesn’t say that McLaren favour Button. Not in this post anyway.

        Hamilton and Button clearly said on TV that Hamilton had gotten a target time and Button not.

        During the race we clearly heard them tell Hamilton that both cars were supposed to be saving fuel.

        You seriously don’t find that odd?

        Now imagine if Button was the one saving fuel and Hamilton stuck it to him. I’m pretty sure you’d have a lot more cleaning up to do about people cursing at Hamilton.

  8. Oliver said on 31st May 2010, 12:11

    Whitmarsh clearly would like Button to win the championship, Not because he is a blonde English man, but more because he wants to come out of Ron Dennis’ shadow. This I said very early on in the season.

    Hamilton was R. Dennis’ achievement and world champion, M. Whitmarsh just wants his own legacy. It doesn’t have anything to do with the colour of his skin.
    The hatred for Hamilton by some F1 fans has more to do with the colour of his skin than his nationality or ability.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 31st May 2010, 12:13

      Again, do you have any proof?

      • BBQ2 said on 31st May 2010, 12:29

        No need for proofs in obvious situations like; Brazil 07, China 07, Spa 08 etc, what more evidence do you need? A plucked-out eye on your palms? :-(

      • Oliver said on 31st May 2010, 21:06

        I didn’t say Whitmarsh would like Button to win the championship, as if to imply he didn’t want Hamilton to win the race.
        I am simply saying that Whitmarsh wants his own legacy at Mclaren. He didn’t sign Button for him to be a number 2 driver. He signed him up because he feels Button can win the championship for the team. And has ensured that he Button gets very equal treatment as Hamilton, even if it means Hamilton having to get acquainted with new engineers, removing one area of familiarity that would have been beneficial to an established driver within a team.

        Don’t get me wrong, I am not falling for that blonde hair or blue eyes stuff, just the reality of every manager wanting to make his own mark within the company.

        Hamilton was old Mclaren, Dennis’ Mclaren. Button is new Mclaren, Whitmarsh’s Mclaren.

        • DaveW said on 1st June 2010, 2:18

          I agree with this and the demand for proof misapprehends the theory here. I think its fair to suggest that MW knows that as long as Hamilton is in the team, it’s still Ron Dennis’ team. Hamilton is Dennis undeniable legacy. Proof, if you like: Whitmarshes comments that China presented a similar difficulty in strategy to Turkey. What is the difficulty? Well, its in controlling Hamilton. If there were another lap or two, Whitmarsh would have been powerless to have Hamilton hold station in favor of a floundering Button. Just as he was powerless to prevent the insane and stupid scrap between the drivers in Turkey. This will come to a head soon and Whitmarsh saw in the RBR disaster what awaits him if he cannot organize a team of his own design with drivers beholden to him.

  9. Sharon said on 31st May 2010, 12:31

    It looks from the lap times like Lewis made a mistake and backed off too much from his target laptime, which is what allowed JB to close up and have a go at overtaking. All Lewis’ previous laps were mid 1:30s as were JB’s. Then on lap 48 Lewis backed right off to a 1:33. After this they were both back in the 1:30s and 1:31s until the end of the race.

  10. wezza said on 31st May 2010, 13:10

    Listen, race has nothing to do with it, just elements of favouritism, the calls been made towards hamilton by the team when he is challenging for a win, when Button is challenging as well, seem to go Buttons way.

    If they think Hamilton will sit there and play second fiddle to Button, Whitmarsh has got it wrong. Well, Mclaren, you have now unleashed the road warrior, he will now just look out for himself, I just can’t see Button carrying the team to victory on his own.

    Hamilton, needs a manager to watch his back, if this carry’s on Hamilton will be off

  11. mharries said on 31st May 2010, 13:21

    Jenson was saving fuel from lap 20 in a more modest fasion, Hamilton started saving “3 laps before” the overtake(delayed message shown on lap 44) – and thus had a more aggressive fuel saving target.

    Jenson was surprised with Lewis going quite so slow, and did what any racer would have done and taken advantage of the situation.

    Both cars were saving fuel at that point, but Lewis much more agressively hence the lower speeds – perhaps he didn’t expect Jenson to go for an overtake, but if it was anyone other than his team mate he would have had to push harder.

    After Jenson got past, Lewis retook the lead, and then they were both told emphatically to save fuel or the situation would be critical – this is the more obvious ‘back off, hold station’ order.

    There are a few ways to read the situation:

    1:McLaren slowed Lewis to benefit Buttons attempt at an overtake.

    2:McLaren slowed Jenson after Lewis retook position, even though Jenson wasn’t quite as critical on fuel as Lewis, to ensure both cars finish without taking each other out. Benefits Lewis.

    3:Differing fuel saving strategies (Jensons more measured fuel saving throughout race versus Lewis’ more drastic saving towards the end) coming into play which afforded Jenson an extra push. Completely fair.

    Personally I believe it was a mix of option 3 leading to the pass, and option 2 after Lewis retook position to ensure the drivers don’t take each other out. No real bias, just a case of differing strategies playing out, then the team telling them to bring the cars home safely.

    Had Jenson made the overtake stick, I think he would have had the extra fuel to pull ahead slightly, but as he he couldn’t hold it, it wasn’t worth risking both him and Lewis finishing the race – he had his shot, then had to play the team game.

    • F1 Novice said on 31st May 2010, 13:30

      At last a rounded and measured view which I subscribe to :) – although personally I’d still like to see them go hammer and tongs to the end come what may – it just doesn’t sit or feel right that we the FANS are being robbed of the excitement of a gladiatorial battle to the end and it seems more often than not are being forced to watch manipulated finishes – Senna & Villeneuve will be turning in their graves :(

    • Novotny said on 31st May 2010, 13:50

      That seems a reasoned view. I also think it possible that Button experienced a little damage in the passing, as he was subsequently slower – though again, it could be just preserving his position in the knowledge he did not need to go quicker.

    • Patrickl said on 31st May 2010, 21:16

      Sure, it could have been that Button had more fuel left and that he could have raced harder than Hamilton.

      Indeed Hamiltonw as racing hard against Webber and Vettel and Button was just tagging along. He even gained an easy 2 seconds on Hamilton when the messed up Hamilton’s pitstop. It would have saved him a lot of fuel not having to make up that gap.

      The point is, if that was so, they should have told Hamilton he was racing Button. In fact thay didn’t and told Hamilton that Button was also saving fuel.

      There obviously was a failure in the communication to Hamilton or to Button.

      I’m going for

      4:the drivers weren’t properly informed of what was expected from them. Lewis was slowing down to a target time expecting Button to hold station and Button was under the impression that he was fine on fuel and could attack.

  12. Josef said on 31st May 2010, 13:38

    What is this rubbish about McLaren supposedly being against Hamilton because of the colour of his skin? This is total B.S. …

    Can you imagine investing in someone’s career for so many years and signing them up on a long term contract in F1, just to turn around one day and say ‘hey let’s get rid of this guy because of his skin colour’…

    That’s a load of rubbish, come on!!! McLaren have got an excellent team with 2 great drivers who in my view really complement each other.

    • David BR said on 31st May 2010, 14:33

      Seconded. Bizarre to suggest McLaren are discriminating against Hamilton after investing millions in his career, bizarre that anyone could claim he’s less sponsor-friendly than Button (and so less favoured by the team) when he’s helped regalvanize F1’s image worldwide, bizarre that anyone could complain there’s a conspiracy against him inside McLaren when the team, for example, ‘sabotaged’ Button from the off at Monaco… Fact is that F1’s intense pressure means that all the teams make mistakes all the time (look at Ferrari) that undermine their drivers.

  13. judo chop said on 31st May 2010, 13:47

    It’s all a storm in a teacup. Hamilton was caught sleeping and yet he still retook the lead in less than half a lap. The way he then opened a gap suggests that neither of them were likely to run out of fuel then. The fuel conservation order was more caution on the part of Mclaren than anything. If the Red Bulls hadn’t gone off though fuel issues might have made things really hairy for all four cars.

  14. Mclarista said on 31st May 2010, 14:02


    Judging both Hamilton’s and Button’s comments after the race there was clearly some misunderstanding on Hamilton’s part about how much fuel he was supposed to save. I also read a post somewhere that Webber was also told to turn his engine down just before the clash with Vettel.
    To me the situation was that Mclaren didn’t think they would be so close to the Red Bulls on the race and Red Bull didn’t think they would be pushed by the Mclarens. As simple as that.

    • Patrickl said on 31st May 2010, 21:17

      Love the last line from Button:
      “It was a tough battle, but we didn’t touch and we still finished first and second, so that’s how you do it.”

  15. The Limit said on 31st May 2010, 15:01

    If McLaren are guilty of anything I believe they are guilty of not allowing the same mistakes to blight their season as it did in 2007. In that respect, who could blame them.
    You only have to look at what has happened at Red Bull to see that having too committed drivers in your ranks, can prove potentially disastrous if their ambitions are allowed to supercede those of the team.
    When Fernando Alonso joined McLaren, he had the coveted number one on his car and was the defending world champion. When he was obviously treated in away that affronted his achievements, by what he percieved as bias towards Hamilton, all hell broke lose. Of all people, Martin Whitmarsh saw first hand the damage this did to the team, and I believe is determined not to let the same thing happen again.
    Jenson Button is the defending world champion, if he is not dealt with in an even handed way and given a fair chance, in a team many claim is set up around his team mate, the vultures will soon flock down to pick over the bones of another McLaren debacle.
    Lewis Hamilton is a fine race car driver, and as he proved yesterday, is not short on the balls to take on and beat champion Button. For some to claim that recent events are based on racist bias is nothing short of retarded and lame.
    If racism is such a problem at McLaren, why hire Lewis Hamilton in the first place back in 2007? Why give him the opportunity to even fight then champion Fernando Alonso and upset him enough to inform the FIA of your teams underhand activities? Does not make sense, does it Holmes!

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