Button: I’ve just been hit by Kobayashi. What an idiot!”

Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-27 retires form the race. Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Korean Grand Prix, Race, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Sunday 14 October 2012.

Jenson Button retires form the Korean GP on the first lap

Oct.14 (F1 Media) It was a torrid, short-lived Korean GP for Jenson Button who was crashed into by the out of control Sauber of Kamui Kobayashi less than a minute into the race, ending it there and then for the McLaren driver who did not mince his words moments after the incident.

Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Sauber C31 slides out of the race after colliding with Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-27. Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Korean Grand Prix, Race, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Sunday 14 October 2012.Button’s race had already been compromised on Saturday when yellow flags on his final flying lap in Q2 left him out of contention for the top-10 shootout and the Briton had admitted that battling back from an 11th-place start would be tough. In the end, however, his battle was over almost before it began.

As he headed into turn three after the start, Kamui Kobayashi clipped the rear of Button’s McLaren and, losing control, the Sauber driver then ploughed into the front right of the McLaren. Button skittered off track and out of the race, his front suspension in tatters.

In the heat of battle, Button was livid, shouting into his team radio: “I’ve just been hit by Kobayashi. What an idiot!”

Later, calmer he explained, “I got a really good start and was able to get past both Mercedes,” Into the first corner, there was a slight incident in front of me [when Sergio Perez braked late and tapped the car in front], so I was forced to run wide and push Nico [Rosberg] off the circuit.”

“Nico and I then had a good drag-race down the back straight on lap one. I braked really late for turn three, then suddenly Kamui [Kobayashi's] car was climbing all over my car’s right-hand side. It’s extremely disappointing. This is a long race, with so much opportunity for everyone. It’s a great circuit for overtaking, so it’s surprising to see people behaving like that on the first lap,” added Button who now lies sixth in the title chase 84 points adrift of top spot with a maximum of 100 on offer in the final four races.

Asked about if he could still win the championship, his reply obvious, “No, definitely not. I’m going to enjoy myself over the next few races. Points for the team would have been really important, but it’s out of our hands.”

There was only very slight consolation for McLaren with Lewis Hamilton’s heroic drive to tenth after an anti-roll bar failure. The prerace favourites left Yeongam with a single point.

Subbed by AJN.

  • Jenson Button

    That will teach me to hog the team for myself I guess!

  • hillside

    that comment by JB is an excuse for his poor qualifying

  • Lol.

    No his comment is because kobayashi drove like a total nutcase.

    Grosjean takes out multiple cars and receives a one race ban, Kobayashi takes out multiple cars recklessly and receives a drive through. They then undergo a planned retirement for a fresh engine for the next race! Where’s the consistency??

    Also, where is Maldonado’s ban?

  • Joseph Patrick

    Crazy driving by Kobi! Taking out three cars at the second turn (remember he retired eventually). A one race ban is definitely warranted here. When I looked at the reply, I was like where in the world was his breaking point, at the end of the apex. LOL!

  • Speedo

    @hillside according to you any one who qualifies poorly can be targeted by the drivers around him. What about Grosjean taking out Lewis and Alonso. Did they qualify poorly.

    Kobayashi did drive like an idiot. Did you watch the race and listen to the commentary criticising Kobayashi. I suppose you are another Button hater.

  • edd

    @jenson button… sorry jense but i have learned that it was jessicas boyfriend (kobi) that mashed your car; its always terrible to be the last one to find out.