Button out of race after Kobayashi collision
14 October 2012 – Jenson Button was left to ponder the driving styles of others after he was taken out of the Korean Grand Prix on the opening lap. Having receiving a touch from Sergio Pérez at Turn 1, the McLaren driver was hit twice by the other Sauber of Kamui Kobayashi at the field attacked Turn 3 for the first time.
“I think you might have missed something out there, about what I said,” Button told BBC Sport, having been heard calling Kobayashi an ‘idiot’ over team radio. “It’s like the race is two corners long…yeah.
“I got a really good start and was able to pass both Mercedes. I was then on the inside of Rosberg, braking for the corner and Sergio brakes really late; he didn’t hit me but he hit the car in front and broke something off the back. I had to run wide and push Nico (Rosberg) off the circuit so we didn’t collide. We were having a good race down the back straight, quite fun, Saubers all over the back of us.
“I don’t know what happened then…I braked and saw a Sauber climbing all over the back of me. It’s a long race here and a race of opportunities as well. It’s a great race with this long DRS zone, so it’s surprising that people are driving like that.”
Asked whether he still has a shot at the title, Button responded:
“No, definitely not. I’m going to enjoy myself over the next few races, but points for the team were very important today.”