Button defends Wehrlein move that flipped Sauber

The Englishman clipped the back of Pascal Wehrlein's Sauber, which flipped his vehicle and came to a rest on its side, with the cockpit wedged into the barriers at the entrance to the tunnel.

"I remember everything [of the crash], it was just scary".

Button replaced Fernando Alonso at McLaren to allow the Spaniard to compete in the Indianapolis 500, where he was a contender for victory on his IndyCar debut until his Honda engine failed in the closing stages. I'm sure the neck is going to be a bit sore after Thursday, even around Monaco, but we've got Friday off - so a little bit of a rest. Thankfully he emerged seemingly unhurt but Wehrlein, who missed the first two races of the season due to an injury suffered during a race in January, has been taken for a scan on his back. "I tried to back out of it, but was too late".

"I went up the inside and obviously thought it was on because obviously I wouldn't have made the move if it wasn't", Button said.

But the incident was layered with farce post-race as the FIA handed Button a three-place grid penalty "for his next race this season" - despite the Brit making clear that he has no interest in taking to F1 again.

"The stewards did not consider the consequences of the collision which resulted from Button trying to brake at the last moment and Wehrlein's interlocked wheel causing the vehicle to turn on its side". I thought, "He hasn't seen me at all".

"You never like seeing a vehicle tip over because you don't know if his head's going to hit anything, but the most important thing is that Pascal is okay - I spoke to him and he's a bit shaken of course but the best thing is he walked out okay".

Team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne had look set to score points however, having been as high up as seventh at one point in the race, and nicely placed in tenth with just eleven laps remaining.

"I've seen him and he didn't seem happy but he was OK".

Perez, running on fresh tyres late in the Monte Carlo race, attempted to pass Kvyat at Rascasse for ninth place with six laps to go but the move ended in a collision.

  • Zachary Reyes