Button: Problem is Lewis expected me to let him past

Jenson Button versus Lewis Hamilton during the German GP

Jenson Button versus Lewis Hamilton during the German GP

 

Jenson Button has said that he was surprised at his former McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton’s strange driving on Sunday after the pair survived a minor collision during the German Grand Prix.

The two made contact when Hamilton thought that the 2009 champion had decided to give him room to pass at the hairpin.

Hamilton sustained damage to his front wing, but was able to continue and passed Button one lap later on lap 31 during his first charge through the field.

Hamilton, the 2008 champion, said: “I had a bit of collision with Jenson, but I thought he was letting me past, my bad judgement there.”

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button

Button said: “Why would we let anyone through? I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but a lot of drivers do that line to get a good exit from the corner.

“I think the problem with Lewis is he expected me to let him past. I don’t think I’m the only person he drove into today.

“It’s strange, when the car’s so much quicker, you’d think he wouldn’t get into so [many] fights, but there you go. He drove into my rear wheel.

“That’s all I’ve got to say and I don’t know much else about it. I’m out there doing my race. It would make it boring if we all let him past when he was coming through the field.”

Hamilton finally made it through to finish third while Button came home eighth. (Reuters)