Formula One News » F1 – Button and Perez clean the air after Bahrain grand prix Posted on 23/04/2013
Jenson button referred to Sergio Perez’s driving as “dirty” and said his new younger team mate needs to “calm down”, but the duo have since cleared the air after their close racing at the Bahrain grand prix.
Button said “We have sat down and discussed it and hopefully we have all learnt from the race… it could have all ended in a very different way for both of us,”
“It’s great that we don’t have team orders and are allowed to fight,”
“I think he will learn, I think it’s good being in a team like this that will be very open with comments and say what they think to the drivers, face-to-face. We’ve all done that, so that’s important.”
Team principal Martin Whitmarsh said “‘Team Button want to beat ‘Team Perez’. They’ll be saying ‘this is hurting us’ and that’s normal. We like that dynamic”.
“Right down to the mechanics, they want their car to beat the other car. That’s how we work as a race team and it gives certain tensions in the system. But I think that’s the right way to do it.”
“I have spoken to Jenson now and the thing is he is so mature in his attitude, that is the good thing about Jenson. He can stand back and be reflective in a way that you cannot when you are hot and sticky after just stepping out of the cockpit.”
“Very quickly he gets to that point where, because he is an intelligent guy, he will know that Sergio is not a bad guy. Sergio is a guy that was under pressure who possibly pushed a little too hard on some of those issues.”
“They are easy guys to manage as they are really good people and there is genuinely good spirit between all parts of the team.
“The good thing to come out of this is Jenson will get over it, because he is a star like that, and Checo will come out of this with his confidence at a higher level and he has demonstrated the passion and the spark that people expect to see from him.”