Button: If drivers don’t like the new sound, go and race somewhere else

Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Preparations, Sepang, Malaysia, Thursday 27 March 2014.

Jenson Button has reacted to Sebastian Vettel’s disdain of the Formula 1 new era sound, by saying that if drivers do not like it they “can go drive elsewhere”.

The McLaren driver, World Champion in 2009, didn’t like the sound of all the moaning about the ‘new’ face of Formula 1.

He retorted by saying that complaining drivers [like Vettel] should “Go and race somewhere else if you’re not happy here”.

Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday 15 March 2014

According to Auto Motor und Sport, Felipe Massa also can’t understand why drivers are suddenly complaining about the sound.

“We have known for years that the V6 with a turbo will not make the same sound as a V8,” said the Brazilian. “So it makes no sense to be upset about it now.”

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was reserving his judgement completely.

“If I say now that I think the show was bad [in Melbourne], then I will be accused of being frustrated because I didn’t win,” he said. (GMM)

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  • bobmendon

    Maybe button needs to pay more attention to his miserable career.

  • fools

    It’s all mental. Vettel wants to be heard. However it is stupid to complain about it now. Especially if your under contract, theirs is no way around it. Other veteran drivers have shown it doesnt bother them and are out there making results best they can. Truly, if you DNF, you shouldn’t talk about sound Vettel. You should be talking about why you DNF and how to improve. Not moan and use curse words. How professional.

    Alonso is a smart cookie.

  • hj

    Are you serious?
    Show some respect or take his seat.

  • RBC

    Will be interesting to see if Magnussen beats him all year.

  • BS

    Hey bob, stop hating….STFU…troll with a turtle neck.

  • jimbobby

    If anyone should complain about the noise of the V6s are not loud enough Button will have to be the one because the louder V8s would certainly cover the sound of his ass being kicked HARD by Kevin.

  • KevinW

    Vettel has the right to express his opinion. Taking it out of context, blowing it out of proportion and attacking him for expressing their opinion is the right of social media pundits. Button expressing his opinions by playing the old love it or leave it card is really lame.

  • http://darrenstuart.com RetroRaceCars_ninjamonk

    so miserable that he is only one of very few drivers to every become the F1 World Champion.

  • Nowhereman

    I’m sure Jenson would like this as there stands 3 or 4 guys who can keep him as a middle pack driver…

  • McLarenfan

    Get a life troll, Jenson is a World Champion your not

  • Paul

    Well said Jenson. They could always go back to DTM, GP2 or GP3.

  • Wayneinnh

    Come on now, McLaren Boys. Maybe if bobmendon had the financial backing that all of these F1 drivers have and have had, he would (could of) become a World Champion also. Degrading the person is itself more demeaning!

  • Robert Doyle

    He won because that car bent the rules. His engineers won not him.

  • BS

    Bob is the turtleneck troll…the PC police..the hater of haters, and the hater of jenson button.

  • BS

    Kevin, you should get together with bob and Severn…you could bake vettel a cake and rub his feet.

  • BS

    You mean the same way vettel won?

  • BS

    Judging by his pic, getting into the cockpit would be tough.

    Oops, was that homophobic bob?

  • Spartacus

    Vettel expressed his opinion. Whatever that was.
    Button expressed his opinion too. Whatever that was as well.

    If you really believed in giving them their rights to express their opinions, then I don’t see what is wrong with what Button said.
    And nothing wrong with what Vettel said too.
    Just everyone saying out loud what they really feel about the current state of F1.

  • Spartacus

    Well said!

  • KevinW

    No issue with Button. Just not a fan of the “love it or leave it” angle. My opinion of course.

  • KevinW

    And just exactly what don’t you hate? I cannot imagine living life with such a vile attitude toward people. Good luck with that.

  • Gene Willis

    Yes Jenson is quick, slightly quicker than Rubens. Look how Rubens did to someone really quick at Ferrari. Jenson also got clobbered head to head with Hamilton. Jenson is the one lucky to be in F1.

  • BS

    Pull one of my posts that says I hate anything…I may pick on you, bob, Severn, and vettel…but that’s not in hate, just good fun.

  • keaaukeli

    SV wouldn’t be making these comment about the new formula if his car had won in OZ. Do I wish they were still racing the V12s? He’ll yes! But the formula is set. Everyone needs to quit b!tching about it and enjoy the show.
    They are talking (FIA) about tweeking the formula, making cars louder and allowing more fuel, (if this is possible). Racing is what everyone wants to see. Give them more fuel and let them race.
    The straight line speeds at Sepang are going to be awesome.

  • BS

    Clobbered? Hardly…

    A look at how Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button fared against each other in the 3 years they were teammates at McLaren.

    2010

    Lewis Hamilton(240pts) vs Jenson Button(214pts)

    Qualifying
    4.9 vs 6.9 (average qualifying position)
    14 vs 5 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed qualifying)
    0.447s (average lap-time Hamilton was faster by)

    Race
    3.8 vs 4.5 (average finishing position)
    10 vs 3 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed race)

    Hamilton Retirements – 4 (1 wheel rim failure, 1 gearbox, 2 accidents)
    Button Retirements – 2 (1 engine, 1 accident)

    Hamilton – 3 Wins & 1 Pole Position
    Button – 2 Wins & 0 Pole Positions

    Notes on 2010 stats –
    Spain, Hamilton had a wheel rim failure on the penultimate lap and didn’t finish but was still officially classified 14th as he completed 90% of the race. I didn’t include him as finishing a lap early skews the performance data.

    2011

    Lewis Hamilton(227pts) vs Jenson Button(270pts)

    Qualifying
    3.3 vs 4.5 (average qualifying position)
    13 vs 6 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed qualifying)
    0.946s (average lap-time Hamilton was faster by)

    Race
    3.8 vs 3.1 (average finishing position)
    7 vs 7 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed race)

    Hamilton Retirements – 3 (1 gearbox, 2 accidents)
    Button Retirements – 2 (loose wheel nut, hydraulics)

    Hamilton – 3 Wins & 1 Pole Position
    Button – 3 Wins & 0 Pole Positions

    2012

    Lewis Hamilton(190pts) vs Jenson Button(188pts)

    Qualifying
    3.1 vs 6.5 (average qualifying position)
    17 vs 3 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed qualifying)
    0.418s (average lap-time Hamilton was faster by)

    Race
    4.4 vs 5.6 (average finishing position)
    7 vs 3 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed race)

    Hamilton Retirements – 6 (1 puncture, 1 gearbox, 3 accidents, 1 fuel pressure)
    Button Retirements – 4 (1 exhaust/differential, 2 accidents, 1 fuel system)

    Hamilton – 4 Wins & 7 Pole Positions
    Button – 3 Wins & 1 Pole Position

    Notes on 2012 stats –
    Spain, Hamilton pole penalty not included because the shortage of fuel would not have gave a significant gain or changed his position relative to his teammate(Button never made it to Q3).
    Bahrain, Button retires with exhaust/differential trouble with 2 laps to go and didn’t finish but was still officially classified 18th as he completed 90% of the race. I didn’t include him as finishing 2 laps early skews the performance data.
    Monaco, Button retires with 8 laps to go but was still officially classified 16th as he completed 90% of the race. I didn’t include him as finishing 8 laps early skews the performance data.
    Valencia, Hamilton tangles with Pastor Maldanado with 2 laps to go and didn’t finish but was still officially classified 19th as he completed 90% of the race. I didn’t include him as finishing 2 laps early skews the performance data.
    Qualifying average lap-time is best of 19 with Britain left out. Reason is Hamilton is 10 places higher in the grid than Button but 5.499 secs slower because of rain at different times.

    2010-2012

    Lewis Hamilton(657pts) vs Jenson Button(672pts)

    Qualifying
    3.8 vs 6.0 (average qualifying position)
    44 vs 14 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed qualifying)
    0.604s (average lap-time Hamilton was faster by)

    Race
    4.0 vs 4.4 (average finishing position)
    24 vs 13 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed race)

    Hamilton Retirements – 13
    Button Retirements – 8

    Hamilton – 10 Wins & 9 Pole Positions
    Button – 8 Wins & 1 Pole Positions

  • farizY

    Can’t people have opinions anymore? I personally don’t give a rat’s arse how it sounds, it was better,but does not affect me that much. I just wanna see some good racing!

  • farizY

    Yup..same Vettel and every single driver who ever won the championship…engineers are the true champ.
    I mean, seriously, without proper equipment,a driver can’t perform. Good for those drivers who wer able to exploit it more than once to become champ.

  • Tifoso

    Jenson beat his teammate and won the world championship with no team order aids unlike some multi-21 shit. He is by far the more educated driver in the paddock. Hearing Sebastian saying cars sound like shit shows his immaturity and stupidity. You would never see that demeanour and language from champions of the past. If vettel won, i’m sure he would have not complained.

  • BS

    I have the answer…more cowbell!

    http://www.hulu.com/watch/536145

  • McLarenfan

    Oh he is one of those types, full of his own self importance!

  • McLarenfan

    So pushing the rules to the limit is not what every team does on a regular basis? Is that not the philosophy of all the teams but pushed to the extreme by Red Bull? I also remember the car was in fact a Honda re-branded Brawn GP with a Mercedes engine, as the Honda team were penning the car they asked several times if the double diffuser would be legal and were told YES.

  • Hawk

    I agree. not a fan of the ‘love it or leave it’ angle either. it is so damn stupid, reality being what it is.
    However, i am more concerned by what Vettel said. such shit from a driver. i bet he would never have said that if he had won.

  • Hawk

    thanks for those statistics. really good.
    however they really prove that JB was no match for Lewis, therefore working against you. he still remains a good driver though but no team would break the bank to have him like they do for Lewis

  • Amos James

    Leave bob alone. It’s not easy to be positive from inside those bleak prison walls.

  • Dean Craddock

    F1 changes with the prevailing wind. Turbos, V12, V8 etc. If F1 does not embrace hybrid technology then fewer engine and car manufactures will wish to spend the kind of money F1 craves. The only sounds fans will be left with is silence or a single engine supplier format in which case…watch something else.

  • tokyo_2606

    I guess JB should talk to Ernie. EVen he doesn’t like the sound of this engine and let’s just say he probably knows best.

  • BS

    He was beaten…but not clobbered, and those stats prove it.

  • Stoner

    So the guys who really don’t like the sound leave F1, then Jenson may have some real chances to win some races. Nice trick!!
    He is the one who should leave, maybe that will give Hulkenberg a chance to be in a good team.

  • Amos James

    I agree completely. Hulk and Mags in the mclaren.