Button blames Grosjean over clash
28 July 2013 – Jenson Button says Romain Grosjean is responsible for their coming together in the Hungarian Grand Prix, the Briton claiming that he did all he could to avoid contact.
Following the first pit-stop phase, Grosjean had been part of a trio of drivers held up behind Button’s long-running McLaren. The pair ultimately clashed on the run to the Turn 6/7 chicane on Lap 24, with the Lotus driver squeezing the 2009 World Champion, forcing him towards the grass as he tried to seal the overtake.
With the incident due to be investigated after the race, Button has pinned the blame squarely on the Frenchman, believing that the steward’s deliberations will be swift.
"I’m going to see the stewards, but I think it’s pretty straight forward," Button explained to reporters at the Hungaroring. "I couldn’t go any more left. That’s it really. Unless I’m on the grass, which is not where I want to be when braking for a corner, he had no way of not hitting me. I obviously didn’t realise how narrow the circuit was at that corner…
"It could have been a lot worse and it could have ended our races. I was quite lucky. I was there with my arm out in the cockpit going, ‘what are you doing? I’m going to be on the grass in a second.’ Then I was. I don’t know what he was thinking at that point."
Button ultimately finished in seventh position, with team-mate Sergio Pérez ninth.