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Thu Apr 24 14:44:27 SAST 2014

Button confused by Alonso 'arse-kissing'

TEAMtalk Media | 02 July, 2012 11:400 Comments
European F1 Grand Prix - Practice
Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren walks in the paddock following practice for the European Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit on June 22, 2012 in Valencia, Spain
Image by: Paul Gilham / Getty Images

Although Jenson Button concedes Fernando Alonso did a "great job" in Valencia, he doesn't understand why everyone is "arse-kissing" when it's Sebastian Vettel who was "amazing."

In what could be seen as mind games ahead of the British Grand Prix - or could just be Button's opinion - the McLaren driver has downplayed Alonso's victory at the European GP.

The Ferrari driver became the first repeat winner of the season when he took the lead from Sebastian Vettel, who had been leading by more 20 seconds before the Safety Car, when the Red Bull racer retired.

And although Button says Alonso did a good job, he doesn't get where all the praise and adoration is coming from.

"Been a lot of arse-kissing going on," the 32-year-old told The Express when Alonso was mentioned.

"I don't know what's happening, it's quite strange.

"Most of the drivers in Formula One are immensely talented and many will challenge for Championships in the future. But Fernando is one of the stand-out drivers.

"He won his home grand prix, when everything fell into place. Sometimes when you make those moves, they don't work out. And you end up in the wall. Was his performance scary? No, he just did a great job, and so did his team with strategy.

"The scary one is Red Bull. The pace that Sebastian had was amazing. He was on fire, and had a massive difference in pace to the rest of the field. We haven't seen that before for a while."

But, having said that, Button believes Alonso is one of the best drivers on the grid as not only is he "dangerous" and "very quick" but he's also a "clever" driver who has worked his way into a position where he holds the lead driver spot at Ferrari.

"He has worked for that. He has really got his team behind him. I don't begrudge him that.

"He is in a great position but I don't think he gets different equipment to Felipe (Massa). He is just doing a better job with what he has been given and maybe he has had more influence.

"When you race against him and beat him, it feels special.

"I respect him a lot because he is not just very quick, his talents are more in the race than qualifying and surrounding himself with the right people in the team.

"He is a clever driver, so that is why he is dangerous, but I hope his winning is over, he has his home grand prix and hopefully we can take over now."

Button's home race, which is also McLaren's home event, takes place this weekend at the Silverstone circuit. However, the Brit has never been on the podium never mind the top step.

"If I win at Silverstone, I will get really emotional," he said. "It will mean so much more.

"That was what it felt like after winning the World Championship after so many years trying to get the right car and the right team. It meant so much.

"Not sure I will be blubbing like a girl but I will be emotional."

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