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Button critical of Schumacher

ESPNF1 Staff
May 9, 2010 « Hamilton remains positive | »
Jenson Button was not happy with Michael Schumacher's driving © Sutton Images
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Jenson Button criticised seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher for his move around the outside of him as he rejoined the circuit after his pitstop in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Button said Schumacher's move was not one of an experienced driver and that he had to back off to avoid a collision as Schumacher swept around the outside at turn one.

"I didn't really know where Michael was on the outside of me," said Button. "He turned in and if I didn't back out of it we would have crashed. So he didn't really give me a lot of room there. There you go, you'd think with his experience he would know. It wasn't really the right move."

After passing Button, Schumacher doggedly defended his position for the remainder of the race despite the McLaren driver's best efforts.

"It's tough to overtake here, and Michael's not silly," said Button. "He knows where to put his car, so on a track like this you're not going to overtake him. He was putting it on the inside, and I couldn't pass on the outside because he just pushed me wide every time. He didn't make a mistake, so it was very frustrating.

"Fifth place is okay, but it's frustrating because the car was quick here. That's a positive and a negative, because I didn't get to use the speed."

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