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Button: I deserve the pain after Malaysia

Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren in the FIA Press Conference. Formula One World Championship, Rd 19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Preparations, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday 24 November 2011.
Jenson Button

Mar.27 (GMM) Jenson Button has revealed that he will ‘inflict his own personal punishment’ after losing his championship lead by not scoring any points at the Malaysian Grand Prix, after winning the first race of the season a week earlier, down under .

Jenson Button at Malaysian GP
Too many pitstops for Jenson in Malaysia

The McLaren driver uncharacteristically collided with a rival car at Sepang – backmaker HRT’s Narain Karthikeyan – and accepted all the blame.

“It shows fantastic maturity (to apologise),” 1992 world champion, and fellow Briton, Nigel Mansell told UK radio Talksport.

But his maturity won’t stop him from “hurting” himself this weekend in Hawaii, when he competes in the Lavaman triathlon.

“I’m going to hurt myself because I deserve the pain after (Malaysia),” he is quoted by the Telegraph newspaper.

“I will make sure I hurt myself extra for such a bad day.”

For Button and for McLaren in general, however, Sunday’s bad result was what team boss Martin Whitmarsh described as a ‘get-out-of-jail-free card’.

“Sebastian (Vettel) not coming away with any points and a few of the other contenders not getting any points, it could have been a lot worse,” he said.

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