Formula One News » F1 2013 – John Watson: Button must stop complaining Posted on 26/04/2013
Former F1 driver John Watson has said Jenson Button must stop complaining and get on with racing against Sergio Perez. The call comes after button critisiced Perez’s “dirty” driving and told his McLaren team to calm Sergio Perez down.
Spekaing to sky sports F1 Watson said “If Perez gives Button a difficult time, it’s up to Button to come to terms with it, It’s a fact of life. He can’t expect Martin Whitmarsh to tell Perez to back off.
“If your kid team-mate is pushing you hard, it’s not nice, but it’s part of the game. You have to respond by getting in and doing the best job.”
“When you’ve got a kid or young pup like Perez up against Button, who is the elder statesman of F1 these days, and has gone past all the white knuckle, wheel-to-wheel style of racing, what frequently happens is that it ends up hurting both of them,”
“All a team boss can do is remind them that they are driving for the team, not themselves, so they must not take each other off. They managed not to do that, but not for the want of trying.
“Someone like Perez is fast, fiery and keen to lay down his own scent trail, like animals in the jungle, to establish a pecking order in team.
“He is desperate to show what he can do, especially as he has not done an awful lot in the opening three races.
“Button is very experienced and the number one driver in that team, even though McLaren say there is no number one and number two.
“But because he is in that position, he has a target on his back and Perez will think that if he beats him, he’ll be in the pound seat at McLaren.
“It’s the law of the jungle, laying your scent around. That’s what every driver is trying to do – they want to lead the team.”