Button: Both times I came out in traffic and I thought why am I in traffic?

Jenson Button battles with Bruno Senna during the Hungarian Grand Prix

Jenson Button battles with Bruno Senna during the Hungarian Grand Prix

Jul.30 (F1 Media) Jenson Button was left bewildered by his team’s strategy after he went from fourth on the Hungarian Grand Prix grid to sixth in the race after getting stuck in traffic during a three-stop race at the Hungaroring.

L-R: Dave Robson (GBR) McLaren Race Engineer with Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren. Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race Day, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday 29 July 2012.Button started well, passing Sebastian Vettel into turn two to slot into third place behind Romain Grosjean and leader Lewis Hamilton. But thereafter his race began to unravel as his team’s strategic calls left him boxed in by slower cars and struggling to keep in touch with the leaders.

“It was not easy out there,” he said. “We stopped early the first time because the rear tyres were going, but it was looking all right on second set of tyres, it wasn’t so bad.

“After the first stop I could still see the leaders coming out of turn two and out of turn three so it was very close,” he added. “Then we decided to go for a three-stop but stopping very early on them.

“Both times I came out in traffic and I thought why am I in traffic? Normally you pit because you want clear air but the traffic I was in was going slower than cars I was racing before, and then we did it again later in the race.”

Button admitted he was disappointed with sixth place but added that at least he knows the team has now got a quick car for the coming races.

“It’s not the best day, so I’m disappointed,” he said. “I’m going to go away now and relax for a while. The car’s quick it’s just that the strategy cost us a lot today.”

  • Jody Renza

    Maybe the team starts to favour one of their drivers…..title is a very slim possibility for Jenson now…

  • Hawk

    No. you do not favour drivers by ruining their teammates’ races; especially since they were not racing. I do not know where that Plan B came from? It was surely never going to work on such a slow circuit. And when they said the same to Lewis, I was like WTF. Fortunately he did not buy it, or I just hope it was a dummy.

  • McLaren Fan

    I think the team panicked Button questioned it the first time then they settled for Plan A, then still changed to Plan B, and that just ruined a possible podium finish thank god thy stayed with Plan A. for Lewis.
    But lets be honest in F1 sh!t happens as it does in life.

  • Speedo

    Lewis was confident as he drove brilliant calculated race looking after his tyres and that is why he did not buy it. Jenson was slower than Vettel but he managed to keep him at bay. Jensons could not get more speed on his tyres and hence the pit stops to get him upto speed but unfortunately came out into traffic. Could the pit stops have been timed better

  • McHare

    I was shouting at the TV not to lose track position when they talked about the plan B. McLaren and Red Bull clearly should be working both their second placed drivers (in any race) to reduce Alonso’s points total. They could have worked Alonso to the back of the points scoring positions on Sunday. Own goal…. Wake up tacticians!!

  • AlonsoFan

    yeah it was painful to watch Jensons race ruined and a possible podium place lost.