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2013-04-22 08:11

WAVING FINGERS: McLaren's Jenson Button has voiced his disappointment in team mate Sergio Perez for being "too aggressive" in the 2013 Bahrain GP on Sunday, April 21. Image: AFP

MANAMA, Bahrain -Jenson Button said he felt his McLaren team mate Sergio Perez was the most dangerous driver on the track in Sunday's (April 21) Bahrain F1 Grand Prix.

After finishing 10th in an incident-packed race during which Perez drove aggressively and hit several of his rivals' cars, Button admitted he was disappointed with his Mexican team mate.

Perez replaced Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren team in 2013 after the Briton moved to Mercedes.


Button said: "I was very vocal on the radio, emotions were running high, but I would say exactly the same again. You don't expect your own team mate to do that.

"The racing was great out there, except for one person - the only person who wasn't was 'Checo' (Perez). He was too aggressive, I would say. At 300km/h, you don't expect your team mate to come alongside and bang wheels with you. It was a bit of a surprise and I'm probably not the only one that feels like that."

The two McLaren men collided several times during the race as they battled for position, leaving team chief Martin Whitmarsh wincing on the pits wall. One incident left Perez with a damaged front wing as he clipped the rear of Button's car.


Button urged the team over his radio to make Perez "calm down" but the battle continued, more contact followed, and afterwards an uncompromising Perez said he felt Button had been equally aggressive.

"I think I was as aggressive as he was with me," said the Mexican. "It was probably too much. We could both have ended our race."

Perez finished sixth after his best performance for McLaren in his first four races for the team; Button had to make four pit stops and finished 10th.

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