Button bemused by Grosjean's actions

By on Sunday, July 28, 2013
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Jenson Button says he does not know what Romain Grosjean was thinking as they collided during the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Grosjean passed Button at the chicane but made contact with his rival under braking for the corner.

"That was a fun race – although I seemed to be a target for other cars! Sebastian [Vettel] tried many times to get past me, and clipped my rear wheel into Turn Two – he may have damaged his wing, but I was lucky not to puncture," he said.

"With Romain [Grosjean], I don’t know what he thought – unless I took to the grass, it was inevitable we were going to touch! I don’t think he was thinking at that point."

Grosjean held his hands up regarding the incident.

"I’ve no problem with the time-added for the incident with Jenson and I apologised to him afterwards," he said.

Button went on to finish in seventh and believes it was a positive race for McLaren.

"Seventh position might not look too exciting – particularly after we fought for fifth at the last race – but we’ve done a good job this weekend and taken a step forward – and that’s a nice little boost to send everyone off into the summer break."

Sergio Perez finished in ninth and lamented a mistimed stop that left him in traffic.

"I think we lost out a little too much in the first stint; I struggled with the rear of the car, had to pit earlier than planned, and then ran into traffic and lost more time, so it’s a bit of a shame," he said.

"Still, it’s a positive to get both cars into the points again. I think we can feel satisfied with the job we’ve done over the last couple of races – a result like this is encouraging for everybody in the team, and it’s a nice present with which to send us into the August break."

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