Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Button loving a good Bull fight

Jenson Button believes the blame game being played out at rivals Red Bull Racing plays into the hands of McLaren.

Following the accident between Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel in Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix, the duo opened a rift as they pointed accusing fingers at each other.

The incident on lap 40, which resulted in Vettel spinning out of the race with a damaged right-rear wheel, allowed Lewis Hamilton to end a nine-race winless drought and spearhead a McLaren one-two.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner is now facing up to the unenviable task of repairing the damage done by his two drivers.

But after the incident at Istanbul Park, Button knows that will be far from easy given a driver's instinct and nature.

“We are all competitive and sometimes you find it difficult to back down in certain situations,” the reigning world champion said.

“But when you look at the data and the footage someone's always in the wrong, so it's about owning up and moving forward.

“If they can't do that it will play into our hands because we go to Canada (on June 13) having finished first and second and those two having crashed. When you are not getting on I'm sure you don't share information as much. I don't know, I've never had it with a team-mate.

“But I think you can get hung up on trying to beat the guy that you bashed with, and maybe that will be an issue for them.”

Button and Hamilton almost had their own crash 10 laps later as they tussled for the lead, but despite probable palpitations on the pit wall for their team bosses, they came through unscathed.

Hamilton is adamant that he and Button will never become embroiled in the kind of skirmish that cost their rivals their own one-two.

“It won't happen with me and Jenson,” he insisted.

“We're both world champions, we're both professionals, and we both have a huge amount of respect for each other.

“We want to finish the race, we do both want to win, but not in an aggressive manner.

“For sure you want to be ahead, so if you finish second you're not the happiest, but he is a very supportive team-mate, he is doing a solid job and I know when I win he is happy for me and vice versa.

“We had a great battle out there, he wasn't aggressive, he wasn't silly, he didn't make any stupid mistakes, and that's why it was a good fight.”

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