Button, Pérez 'clear the air' after Bahrain
23 April 2013 – McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Pérez have settled their differences after the Bahrain Grand Prix, in which the pair fought for position on multiple occasions and at one point made contact during a wheel-to-wheel approach to Turn 4.
In the direct aftermath of the race, Button reiterated his team radio calls and argued that the Mexican was "too aggressive" during their battles. But despite an initially frosty atmosphere, the duo sat down for a discussion and drew a line under the matter.
"Important chat with Checo Pérez to clear the air," Button, who ultimately finished the race in tenth position while his team-mate claimed sixth, explained via Twitter. "As a team we will move forward and live to fight another day. Roll on Barcelona."
Pérez admitted after the Grand Prix that some of his moves were perhaps a little too risky but says McLaren's approach to racing is a "good lesson" for rival outfits.
"Hope next time we can fight for 1-2!" Pérez said in response to his new team-mate. "Thanks again to McLaren for letting us fight, a good lesson for other teams."
After the opening four races of the season, McLaren occupies sixth position in the Constructors' standings on a total of 23 points, 86 behind current leaders Red Bull.