Felipe Massa, Jenson Button, Melbourne, 2011

Button frustrated after drive-through penalty

2011 Australian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa, Jenson Button, Melbourne, 2011
Felipe Massa, Jenson Button, Melbourne, 2011

Jenson Button said Felipe Massa forced him off the track during their battle for position during the Australian Grand Prix, leading to the McLaren driver receiving a drive-through penalty.

Speaking after the race Button said: “I got an OK start and then I was surprised to see [Vitaly] Petrov on the inside, he had a very good start, and forced me wide.

“I got stuck behind [Felipe] Massa because I had a very poor exit out of turn one. And that was the worst move of the race because he was so slow.

“He’s the most difficult person to overtake. He blocked me very well. But it just slowed us both down massively.

“I tried to overtake around turn 11 and he went so deep into the corner, pushed me wide, I wouldn’t go around the corner any more so I cut the corner. I was in front before we entered the corner.

“And then, you know, I didn’t know what to do. The team said ‘stay where you are’, which was the correct thing to do, ‘we’ll see what the stewards say’.

“As soon as Ferrari saw that happened they pitted Massa, and as soon as that happens you get a drive-through. So I don’t know if that was done on purpose or not.

“I got a drive-through and then I had to fight my way through which was quite fun but being that far back is very frustrating because the pace was much better than that.”

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