Jenson Button: “Not easy for the driver” / Formula 1

Jenson Button: “Not easy for the driver” / Formula 1


For Fernando Alonso, the Mexican doctor started promising and ended in disappointment. The two-time world champion looked confused – and with good reason, as Jenson Button knows.

Fernando Alonso did not hide his frustration when his engine failed at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez. A Formula 1 veteran from the Alpine team later complained: “It’s amazing that only one or two cars fail in every race – and it’s always the number 14 car.”

The Spaniard also did not mince his words when it came to the reason for the defeat. The team is just not prepared and it’s not just unlucky if you can’t finish the race despite changing car units six or seven times.

The two-time world champion’s frustration is understandable, admits Jenson Button. The former GP driver and Alonso’s former team-mate said on the “Sky Sports F1” program “Any Monday Drive”: Fernando still sounded positive on the radio when he turned to change tyres.

But confidence quickly faded. “It’s amazing how quickly a great race can turn into a disaster,” commented the 2009 World Champion. “He had a problem with his driving unit, which finally gave up at Turn 1 after he had already been passed by a few people. .»

“That’s with his teammate, and that’s not easy for a driver,” added Button. “It was a bitter pill. He still seemed calm on the radio, but then he let his emotions run wild as soon as he was out of the car.

Mexican GP, ​​Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez

01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, 1:38:36.729 h
02. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +15.186s
03. Sergio Perez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, +18.097
04. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, +49.431
05. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, +58.123
06. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +68.774
07. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren, +1 lap
08 Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +1
09. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +1
10. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Alfa Romeo, +1
11. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri, +1
12. Alex Albon (T), Williams, +1
13. Guanyu Zhou (RC), Alfa Romeo, +1
14. Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin, +1
15. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, +1
16. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas, +1
17. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, +1
18. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams, +2 laps
outside
Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine, engine failure
Yuki Tsunoda (J), AlphaTauri, collision damage

Championship status (after 20 of 22 races)

the driver
01. Verstappen 416 points
02. Perez 280
03. Leclerc 275
04.Russell 231
05.Hamilton 216
06. Sainz 212
07. Norris 111
08. Okon 82
09. Alonso 71
10. Botta’s 47
11. Vettel 36
12. Ricciardo 35
13. Magnussen 24
14. Gas 23
15. Walking 13
16. Schumacher 12
17. Tsunoda 12
18.zhou 6
19. Albon 4
20. Latifi 2
21. De Vries 2
22. Nico Hulkenberg (D) 0

Builders Trophy
01. Red Bull Racing 696 points
02. Ferrari 487
03.Mercedes 447
04. Alpine 153
05. McLaren 146
06. Alfa Romeo 54
07. Aston Martin 49
08. Haas 36
09. Alpha Tauri 35
10. Williams8