Perez was “too aggressive”, says Button

2013 Bahrain Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sergio Perez, McLaren, Bahrain International Circuit, 2013Jenson Button said his team mate Sergio Perez had been too aggressive with him during the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Perez touched the back of Button’s car at one stage in their battle and Button later forced him onto the run-off at turn four.

Button complained about Perez’s driving on the team radio, saying: “He just hit me up that back, calm him down” and later adding “he’s moving across on me and wheel-banging”.

“I was very vocal on the radio,” Button admitted afterwards, “emotions were running high. But I would say exactly the same thing again.

“I think the racing out there was great, I had a lot of fun. I didn’t have a very good race I struggled with traction and overheated the tyres more than obviously Checo did.”

“As I said the racing was great out there, the only person who wasn’t really was Checo. He was too aggressive I would say. At 300kph you don’t expect your team mate to come alongside you and bang wheels with you. A bit of a surprise and I’m probably not the only one that feels like that.”

Perez admitted the battle between the pair had cost them time: “This is something we have to speak between myself and Jenson.”

“I think I was as aggressive as he was with me. I think probably it was too much. We could have ended up our race both of us so it’s something we have to speak and then look forward for the next one.”

However he was pleased with his result after finishing sixth: “I think first of all it was a solid weekend,” he said.

“Yesterday we did a great qualifying with a car that wasn’t really focused for the race and we managed to put pretty much the maximum out of that car. And today we did a very solid race, very intelligent race, great strategy. We looked after the tyres very well and very happy for the result.”

Team principal Martin Whitmarsh said he was happy for his drivers to race each other but did not want to see the pair make contact: “We lost time in fighting each other today,” he said.

“I said to Checo I don’t have a problem with most things we do. We as a team let our drivers race, that’s clear.”

“You don’t hit your team mate, though. Endplate to rear tyre, as I said to him, you could have punctured Jenson and you could have lost your front wing. So that was over the limit, that’s not what we expect. The other stuff is tough and I’m sure it was entertaining.”

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  1. That’s racing Mr.Jenson Button. Well done Perez.

  2. Whitmarsh should have said to him, Jenson just shut up and drive

  3. I don’t understand why all these people on the forum criticizing Button with inappropriate words like “cry baby, man up……..”, Even though i’m a die hard Ferrari fan, for me Jenson is not just a top driver but a real gentleman too, Perez today was not only too aggressive in his maneuvers (unfair weaving) but he reminded me of a certain 2012 Maldonado , those irresponsible and stupid moves (i still can’t believe how Jenson’s right rear tyres didn’t explode after that puncture),for me this is a luck of respect not racing
    As i always say you don’t have to do some unfair moves like blocking or hitting other drivers cars to be considered an aggressive driver you can be aggressive and fair in the same time just look at the fights between Lewis & Fernando ,Gilles Villeneuve also somes to my mind

    1. Perez did nothing wrong at all. If he did ” unfair weaving” he would have been handed a drive through, which he was not. Being a ” gentleman” has nothing to do with racing.

    2. In China Perez was weaving and overly agressive, but this time I felt it was Button who was too agressive. Perez was way faster and Buttonw as just holding him up. Still he decided to run his team mate off track in a desparate effort to keep him behind.

      It’s like when he put Hamilton in the wall in Canada and asked the pit lane “what the hell he was doing”. That was on a (virtual) straight even. Damn lucky he got away with a penalty, but that was mostly because Hamilton wasn’t going to cost his team a win.

  4. It’s what I wanted Perez to do in McLaren. Not winning but at least racing. And today he proved he can. Button was good but not adequate enough to achieve something more.

  5. I thoroughly enjoyed the battle between the McLaren drivers today, and I don’t agree with Button (relying on my impression from the race, I haven’t seen anything back).

    I think Button defended just as aggressively, as Perez mentioned, and he could have gone easier on his team mate. In fact I suspect he wouldn’t have defended so harshly if it had been anyone other than his team mate. As for Perez running into the back of him, I think that was a mistake, as I argued above. I think Perez wanted to try the switch-back, and Jenson sought to provoke it by slowing down and putting his car in the middle of the track.

  6. Mugambian President
    21st April 2013, 18:40

    It appears Jenslow “No-grip and Whiner” Button was requesting for team orders on Checo and Whitmarsh payed no attention to Button’s shenanigans. Great race from Roman, Checo and Lewis.

  7. Whitmarsh: Checo be aggressive.
    Checo: Ok.
    Button: Checo too aggressive.
    Checo: Mira what do I do?!

  8. Please Guys calm him down, he is about to pass me even I pull all my tricks on him !

    Hehe was awesome, but if Button was smarter or minimum did what he did in China, I mean ask team if fighting or allowing other drivers scoop by to save tires, he and Checo may have got pass by Hamilton…

    Too bad Button is not that much of a team afterall, one thing is sure Raikonen, Alonso, Button now is not an easy treat to go by Perez.

    And for that comparing to Maldonado, only difference Perez hasn’t got any out since driving Mclaren, he is actually quite careful IMHO

  9. goooooooooooooo Perez !

  10. Paolo Castro (@paoloandrecastro)
    21st April 2013, 19:57

    i don’t think perez was too aggressive, i thought it was jenson who was defending too much, he knew perez was way faster and if he was looking for the big picture perez could have been in front of hamilton today.

    1. And at one point, Grosjean was closing in Perez, I think Button was a bit greedy with a position he knew could not keep.

      1. Paolo Castro (@paoloandrecastro)
        22nd April 2013, 13:06

        yes exactly, they ate up their tires a lot more and theoretically lost them what could’ve been a potential great result. maybe its just me being a mclaren fan of letting their drivers race but i just can’t hide the fact that grosjean finished 3rd in the race while halfway thru the race he was behind both mclarens

  11. Perez pressed Jensons Button , Perez was the faster driver and Button should have gone faster or got out of the way Jenson didn’t,t touch his brakes but took the foot of the gas when he should have gone faster.
    In reply Perez kicked him up the ass.
    keep the pressure on Perez and your soon be number 1 driver.

  12. I loved watching them duke it out. The moaning was probably because of contact between their cars, and you cant blame him for that. They should race each other, but not if it may end the race for one/both of them. Regardless, it’s McLaren, and the team is fine with the drivers racing each other, they both go to the track knowing that.

  13. I think what Button was really complaining that all the battling they were doing was just eating up their tires. This in the end let Grosean and Hamilton to get by both of them by the end of the race. They constantly were near each other because with the same car, they could not get a gap between themselves with two DRS zones. The DRS just acted like a rubber band for the McLaren cars. After this became apparent, McLaren changed Buttons strategy to a four stop which did not work in the end.

    Also I think Button gets too much criticism on this site because the FIA replays his radio more than other drivers. I’m sure other drivers complain, its just we never hear their radio.

    1. He wore out his tyres, defending from Perez.

  14. Jenson is on fear now, the youngster proved today he’s good enough to be the best driver at Mclaren, he thought that it will be easy (to beating on Checo), this is pure racing miss Button get used to see Checos car rear wing!

  15. Maraguto (@jesusastro-unam-mx)
    22nd April 2013, 1:12

    Perez did great today. Jason did well to defend too, but knew he was slower and should have been gentler to Checo after Perez´s first attempt. I hope Perez keeps so competitive and improving for McLaren. Nobody likes to be beaten by his team mate, we can well understand that, Jason, but you should have not complained publicly and as much. Great race!

  16. First of all congrats mclaren for letting both drivers race

    Difference between this and red bull at Malaysia was that they knew they were both racing

    Second of all button being British has nothing to do with this site and yes he is very well liked in Australia let alone the world for both being a genuine bloke and good driver

    Third of all button had no problem racing him till they to

    1. Difference between this and red bull at Malaysia was that they knew they were both racing

      Webber is very naive if he didn’t know he was racing when he’s side by side with Vettel coming out of the pits. Mclaren didn’t use team orders, which is what Red Bull (who have no issue having a go at Ferrari for using them) should have done.

  17. Perez needed to put a marker down on Button at sometime. Fact is Button will slyly use his charms off track (media and within the team) to undermine Perez, so Perez shouldn’t hold back in slapping him down on track…all is fair in love and racing. I don’t think Button politics will phase Perez as it did Hamiliton, not sure Perez cares what people think of him, Button’s number is up.

  18. Sorry third of all button had no problem racing check till they touched which any teammate would’ve complained about if it happened

    People looking into it too much

    Good racing by both and lucky they got away without DNF and kudos to Mclaren letting them do so

    Perez does one good race now everyone thinks button is finished and should move over

    As I’m unbiased to both drivers button needs to keep dragging that mclaren higher up than it should be and Perez needs to forget the ego and just concentrate on his own performance so he can prove to Ferrari he is more worthy to take massa’s spot rather than ricciardo

    1. A balanced comment at last! Seem to remember two similar radio outbursts this year by Raikonen – without comment on this site. Similarly Alonso can be heard complaining in this race. It’s a natural reaction when contact is made at 170. It was great to watch and well done by both drivers – although in reality looked at dispassionately it didn,t really do either of them any favours. All the villification of Button with personal attacks (sly,slow, condescending,finished, man- up) and sudden elevation (McClaren no 1) of Perez who has been anonymous this season till now is completely Tabloid and Fanzine.

      1. All the villification of Button with personal attacks (sly,slow, condescending,finished, man- up) and sudden elevation (McClaren no 1) of Perez who has been anonymous this season till now is completely Tabloid and Fanzine.

        Damn straight! It belies belief that so many people can put a spin on events to accuse Button of whining for two comments made in the heat of the moment, both times straight after being shunted by his teammate during the race. I think Button’s comments were completely understandable. He was making it clear to his team that he is not ok with contact with his teammate.

        Other drivers including Raikkonen, Hamilton and Alonso had no qualms exclaiming their grievances with Perez over team radio in races so far this year but I don’t see bandwagons of haters criticising them for complaining. Raikkonen also shouted down team radio when he had wheel to wheel contact with Hulkenberg but he didn’t get castigated for it did he? The double standards are shocking.

        The sudden elevation of Perez who’s now being touted as the number one driver at Mclaren marks quite a shift in opinion since the last race doesn’t it? It bolsters the notion that an F1 driver is only as good as his last race, which is quite sad really.

        All that being said, I think Perez drove a great race other than the contact with Button and he should be in the running for driver of the weekend.

        1. I completely agree. I’ve also read this other gem, Button will be the champion remembered for moaning. As if none of the other champions have ever moaned. But I have a suspicion of the reason behind this surge of negativity towards Button.

  19. Sergio Perez: “He was calm and friendly after the race, though, which was great; but that isn’t surprising because he’s a great guy as well as a great driver.”
    Jenson Button: “He just hit me up that back, calm him down” and later adding “he’s moving across on me and wheel-banging”.
    Sergio you are delusional, man.

  20. Last race Martin asks Sergio to toughen up. Well this the result. Just leave him alone :)

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