McLaren not worried that Button and Perez battle will lead to feud

McLaren is not worried that the battle between Jenson Button and Sergio Perez at the Bahrain Grand Prix will boil over in to a feud

McLaren not worried that Button and Perez battle will lead to feud

Button was left fuming at the aggressive manner in which Perez attacked him over the course of their scrap at Sakhir, with the pair making light contact and banging wheels.

McLaren admitted that Perez had gone a step too far when his front wing brushed Button's rear wheel at one point, but the team was happy to not call off the fight.

And although both men criticised the other for how robust they were, McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh thinks a line will be drawn under the matter before the next race in Spain.

"I have spoken to Jenson now and the thing is he is so mature in his attitude," explained Whitmarsh.

"That is the good thing about Jenson. He can stand back and be reflective in a way that you cannot when you are hot and sticky after just stepping out of the cockpit.

"Very quickly he gets to that point where, because he is an intelligent guy, he will know that Sergio is not a bad guy."

Whitmarsh believes that Perez's approach to the race was a reflection of the pressure he has come under in his early races for McLaren.

"Jenson knows his team-mate has been under the hammer," he said.

"He [Perez] is young, he has had a bit of pressure, he has something to learn and he had a point to prove.

"He was just a guy under pressure who possibly pushed a little bit too hard on some of those issues, but that is human.

"They are easy guys to manage because they are really good people, and there is a good spirit between all parts of the team.

"We are racers and each half of the garage wants to beat the other half, but I think it is a good dynamic."

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Author Jonathan Noble
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