Jenson Button has hit back at claims he complains too much when at the wheel of his grand prix car.
The 2009 world champion is currently suffering one of the lowest periods in his formula one career, summed up by his sixteenth-place finishes in Monaco and Canada whilst teammate Lewis Hamilton raced into the title lead. Some analysts have correlated his slump with the fact that the tone of the in-car radio transmissions broadcast from his McLaren are usually negative.
“It’s not moaning,” Button is quoted by the Mirror. “People say ‘He always whinges’. You are not whinging. A driver doesn’t just drive the car, he engineers the car with his engineers.”
Button left Canada admitting he is “confused and very lost” about his performance slump. Since then, he has analysed the event with his engineers at McLaren’s Woking headquarters.
“A day (at the factory) like that is enormously productive and I think we covered a lot of ground,” said Button.