Penalised Button adamant his brake problem was safety issue

Jenson Button believes he should not have received a drive-through penalty for a radio message that was related to his brake pedal going to the floor in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

In the early stages of the race, Button was told on the radio “do not shift, we have lost hydraulic pressure”.

After being told of his penalty, Button replied: “So the brake pedal going to the floor is not classed as a safety issue? Quite interesting. I think Charlie needs to read up on what is safe and what isn’t.”

After the race, Button said the advice he received to change his settings was related to the brake problem and didn’t feel he should have been penalised.

“The brake pedal went to the floor, and obviously it’s never nice for a driver to get that feeling,“ he said. "For me that’s a safety concern, a safety problem.

"The guys gave me a switch change, so it didn’t happen again, so the pedal wouldn’t go to the floor again and we got penalised for that. We had a drive-through for that, even though I was last.

“We’re told that if you’re told you have a problem, you have to pit. And I’m guessing you have to pit earlier than we did. There are certain things we shouldn’t to be telling drivers, because we need to deal with it ourselves, but when you have a power unit that’s so complex – a driver can’t figure it out for themselves.

“When your brake pedal goes to the floor, I figure that’s a safety concern and I don’t think you should get punished. It could end in an accident.”


I 100% agree with Jenson. It is a huge safety concern.

I didn’t know anything about him really other than my 12-year-old niece played me a music video. She adores him. There are girls all over the place trying to get to him — he is one handsome fella with an incredible smile and eyes.

 What’s really surprised me is he’s really witty, really funny — he really makes me laugh. He’s been ever so brave, not making any fuss.

He seems remarkable … one of those people [who has] — Sean Penn has it too — a kind of panache. I look at them and think, ‘How did you get that? How do you get so that life is easy?’ But he has got a lovely, lovely character. It’s a gift.

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Sainz pleased to capitalise on Toro Rosso consistency

Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz lost out at the end of the Hungarian GP which he completed 8th compared to his 6th place on the starting grid.

The Spaniard believed he didn’t handle his afternoon of racing in the most optimal way, especially with regard to tyre management in the early part of the race, but he also believed there was not much more he could have extracted from his mount.

“I destroyed my tyres and it meant I couldn’t go as long as I wanted on that first stint on the supersoft,” explained Sainz.

“Then I went on the soft and we had exactly the same pace in the last stint which was decent.”

Sainz spent almost all of Sunday afternoon following countryman Fernando Alonso’s McLaren, but believed he could have gone one position better in the end had he enjoyed a 100 percent performance, especially in light of a difficult first day in Hungary.

“Seventh maybe would have been 100% for the weekend but I think we still did 99.9% because the start really was not much I could do.

"With the dirty side and the McLaren starting so well, but then on pace, to hold on to the pace of a McLaren and be quicker than a Williams and of course a Force India after struggling a lot on Friday we certainly cannot really believe it after where we were in FP3.

"Also it’s not like the temperature helped us today, it was really warm and still the car was performing when it’s really warm. So I’m really pleased and a very solid weekend from my side and from the team.”

As he scored points in a third consecutive race, the Toro Rosso driver was happy to vaunt his team’s much needed consistency.

“Every grand prix since Barcelona that I finished I’ve been in the points, so finally we are talking about that consistency that I needed and the team needed.

"Really solid performances both from the team and my side and I must be really, really pleased with that.

"I think we just stopped having small issues which were hampering us, like reliability issues, small details. In the end in this sport you need all these small little things to come together for you to have good, clean weekends and last year it was impossible to find consistency with the reliability problems.

"This year as soon as we got one result in Barcelona, we managed to go to Monaco and it clicked again. In Canada we kept clicking and yeah we had that Baku one-off but we keep going in the same pace direction even if we are falling back a bit in terms of pace.

"That shows how much the team and myself have matured, that even if we are getting a tiny bit slower every race compared to McLaren or Force India we are still scoring the points, so I think we can be very pleased with that.”


I’m glad to see that at least one side of the garage is doing well. Happy for Carlos!

In the seven months since One Direction took what certainly seems to have been their last bow, Harry has been the member we’ve seen around least. He’s not on red carpets, he’s not out partying or Snapchatting or even tweeting. Instead, he’s on movie sets and running errands; he’s pictured shopping, but never debuting those new clothes at star-studded events. His actions tell us that he wants his superstar days to be behind him. He wants to do his own thing, and he doesn’t want his celebrity to overshadow his product. If he did, he’d have declared himself a solo star in January, signing up to front some blockbuster we’d inevitably end up forgetting about.

Instead, he is just a boy standing front of the world, asking us to be cool with the choices he’s making with his professional life. By giving up any superstar agenda (for now, at least), he’s probably settling for middling musical stardom. He already knows what being a mass phenomenon is like, and he’s saying “nah.” The dude just wants to make music, and also movies. He’s not campaigning for our approval, or even really trying to get our attention; he seems fine to blend in a bit. And that’s something we should all be celebrating. If pop history has taught us anything, it’s that some of the most creatively stimulating things happen when everyone’s looking the other way.