Button: A battle between two greats taken away

Date published: June 9 2019

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Jenson Button feels that the five-second penalty that cost Sebastian Vettel the win in Canada was a huge disappointment and undeserved.

Vettel was given the penalty as the stewards judged him to have rejoined the track in an unsafe manner in front of Hamilton after the German went wide.

The penalty brought an end to what was shaping up to be a thrilling late battle for the win, and former World Champion Button was one of many disapproving voices about the decision.

He said on Sky Sports F1: “It’s really sad. It’s always disappointing when there’s a proper fight on between two greats, two multiple World Champions, and the stewards come in and take that away from us as viewers, so it’s a shame.”

Button went on to say that he feels it was a racing incident, and that Vettel had nowhere else to go.

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“For me, it’s a racing incident”, Button added.

“Yeah, Seb made a mistake, but you’ve got to realise he’s doing over 100mph here. You can’t just stop the car and stay off the circuit.

“He’s come onto the track with the rear moving around. It doesn’t deserve a penalty for me personally, but it’s a regulation, and they’ve decided to punish it.

“On a circuit like this – it’s so narrow, it’s a street circuit, the cars are massive and you just end up over that part of the track, you don’t choose to be there. Seb doesn’t want to crash into Lewis either.

“Both of them drove a really great race, they really did, and it just leaves a bit of a sour taste in the mouth.”

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