Jenson Button admits he ‘overreacted’ after crash with Lewis Hamilton.
After the former McLaren duo collided midway through the race when the Hamilton, charging through the field from 20th on the grid to third, Button ran wide into the corner to get a better exit and Hamilton misunderstands and attempted a move up the inside, as the results two cars collided, severely damaging the front-wing on the Mercedes W05.
“I think the problem with Lewis is he expected me to let him past. I don’t think I’m the only person he drove into today. It’s strange, when the car is that much quicker you’d think you wouldn’t get into those kind of fights – but there you go.” Button told TV crews after the race.
“After watching the race back think I overreacted with my feelings about Lewis’s move,” Button said via Twitter. “I can understand why he thought I was giving him room.”
“Amazed we both got around the corner!!” he added. “F1 put on a great show [in Germany] and long may it continue!”
Immediately after the race Hamilton had said he believed it had been an innocent racing incident and that he had made a poor call. “I honestly thought he was opening the door to let me past,” he said.
“He’s been a bit like that in the past race, for example, so my bad on judgment there.”
But with further reflection he was less sympathetic to Button’s positioning through the turn. “With Jenson I was really surprised because he has been a real gentleman and really respectful and he has been great in previous races.” Hamilton said.
“He knows I’m much quicker, so rather than waste time battling with me, he can see me coming and he gives me space and doesn’t close the door.
“At the time I was battling [Daniel] Ricciardo, so I was quite far behind and I knew I was not close enough to dart up the inside and then he started going wide, so I thought: ‘Oh, he’s opened the door for me to let me go.’ But then he started turning and coming back through and I really thought it was over for me then.”