Button: Shame it is not a cleaner fight
26 August 2014 – McLaren's Jenson Button says it is a "shame" that it is not a "cleaner fight" between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton for title this season.
His comments come after the two Mercedes drivers clashed in the Belgian Grand Prix last weekend.
Rosberg made contact with Hamilton on the second lap, damaging his front wing, while Hamilton picked up a puncture and later retired.
Rosberg, however, recovered and finished second to stretch his championship lead to 29 points.
Button felt Rosberg's move was amateurish at best: "There was nothing there," he told the Press Association. "All there was was going off the circuit. There was no move. Strange.
"I think any driver would look at it now, and I am sure Nico will look at it and say, 'I don't know what was I thinking'. You should be able to judge situations like that a bit better."
"I've always said the person who wins the world championship this year is the person who does the best job on the circuit, but that does not quite seem the way it is at the moment," he added.
"It is a shame it is not a cleaner fight."
Button also said he could understand why Hamilton was so frustrated, but believes his former team-mate is handling the disappointment well.
"I feel for Lewis, he was leading the race... it is unbelievable," the 2009 Formula 1 World Champion continued. "I've never seen such bad luck, or misjudgement on other people's part, for Lewis to lose so many points over a period of races.
"It's astonishing, really. I've never seen that before, especially when you have a car that is so dominant and they should be first and second every race. It is just a matter of fighting it out and beating your team-mate, although I know that takes its toll.
"But for me Lewis has come across really well in the media after some disappointing races. He has definitely grown as an individual, which is good to see, and has taken it on the chin.
"Hopefully it will build his confidence for the rest of the season rather than shatter it."