Button urges common sense over radio clampdown

By on Monday, July 25, 2016
McLaren Honda

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McLaren's Jenson Button has urged the FIA to use common sense regarding radio messages after he was penalised during the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Button ran inside the top 10 during the initial stages of the race but a brake problem slowed his cause, and he was informed by McLaren to make a switch on his steering wheel.

McLaren serviced Button soon after informing him of his problem, but the FIA nonetheless handed him a drive through penalty after deeming that the message had breached regulations.

"We had a brake sensor problem early on, which meant the pedal went to the floor, and it’s never nice for a driver to get that feeling" he said.

"The brakes just weren’t there, which was a big safety concern. The team told me to make a switch change on the steering wheel to make sure it wouldn’t happen again, and it duly resolved itself, but we got a penalty for the communication.

"We pitted so that they could give me the information I needed, but I guess we should have pitted earlier than we did. Having said that, it didn’t really matter as I was last anyway.

"I completely understand that drivers shouldn’t be fed information that helps us drive our cars – we should be able to deal with that job ourselves, and in fact I love that challenge.

"But when it’s a safety concern, I don’t think you should get penalised for preventing an accident, as we did.

"When you have a power unit that’s so complex, a driver can’t figure out everything for himself.

"It’s a regulation that shouldn’t be in place at this level of a sport which is so good in so many other ways, and I think common sense should now prevail."

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