Jenson was fully alongside at the turn in point
If he was Alonso wouldn’t have spun
which meant Button had no-where to go
If Button was going too fast to turn in tighter – he had every intention of cutting Alonso’s line off. Knowing that Alonso was going the long way – he should have gone at an appropriate speed.
When Jenson was alongside, he probably expected Alonso to yield
Which was a mistake by him.
Webber gave him room but Lewis still managed to plough into him
Replace the name Webber with Alonso – and replace Hamilton with Button; and IMO you have a description of the incident.
Button was further ahead than Lewis was in terms of being similar incidents – yes. But his front wing wasn’t even alongside Alonso’s front wheels. Which is why Alonso’s spin pivoted around his front tyres. Had Jenson’s front wing hit even the rear half of Alonso’s front tyres – Alonso would have just been pushed wide onto the grass and not into a spin. That’s just physics.
Was it a good drive? Absolutely. Was it a fantastic win? Absolutely. Was it as good a drive as people are painting the picture to be? No.
If you tracked the laptimes throughout the race – Button’s car advantage was unreal on the slicks. Whenever people struggled to switch tyres on in 2010 and 2011 – the McLaren has always been the best at this; and what’s sort of damning for the others is that they seem to still conserve their tyres better than the others.
I’m sorry damonsmedley – this is something that – after watching different angles and footage hundreds, maybe thousands (I kid you not) of times over – my mind is solidly convicted upon.