Button's Monaco GP comeback ends with rebuke from Wehrlein
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 30, 2017,
May 30, 2017, 20:38
Button made contact with Wehrlein's right rear wheel, pitching the German-Mauritian side-on into the wall. Managing to get his nose up the inside, Button then saw the gap suddenly slammed shut as Wehrlein turned into the McLaren, causing his auto to flip up against the barriers on its side. (When the auto was back on four wheels) I could jump out myself.
The stewards took a dim view of Button's move and hit him with a three-place grid drop which he will be forced to serve if he races again this season.
"Obviously I thought it was on because [otherwise] I wouldn't have made the move", he said. The problem is that I don't think you can see much with the mirrors, but in a racing move, you don't think, 'He's not going to see me because of the mirrors.' I gave it a go and I thought it was a fair enough judgment.
"I've never seen a auto go up on its side before. frightful to see".
"I've seen him and he didn't seem happy but he was OK".
He missed the opening two races this year and said he will have a scan next week to make sure he is fine. "So I tried to back out of it (the overtake) but it was too late and we touched", said the 2009 world champion.
"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 tried to back out of it, but was too late".
'So no, it's definitely not the plan for me to race again this year in Formula One.
He qualified an impressive ninth, but was demoted to the back of the grid following an engine penalty, and spent all of the race behind Wehrlein before their crash with 18 laps remaining. Button himself retired with broken left front suspension.
"Today was a bit frustrating", Button added. These cars are so hard to see out of the back of, I've been telling the team and the FIA that this weekend.
Wehrlein escaped without obvious injury.