Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Boss Gives Green Light; McLaren Head Admits He Let team,COs Drivers Go after Clash

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Boss Gives Green Light; McLaren Head Admits He Let team,COs Drivers Go after Clash

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Byline: David Tremayne

MOTORSPORT: McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has admitted ignoring pressure from his team to halt Formula OneCOs latest team-mate bust-up.

Following SundayCOs Bahrain Grand Prix, Jenson Button labelled fellow McLaren driver Sergio Perez C[pounds sterling]dangerousC[yen] and suggested the Mexican would cause an accident if he failed to calm down.

Button was left fuming with PerezCOs driving after the 23-year-old first clipped the Briton from behind, losing part of his front wing, and then touched wheels at high speed, with both fortunate to avoid a major incident.

Button twice went on to the team radio to voice his anger and Whitmarsh admitted to being badgered by his colleagues on the pit wall to bring a halt to the battle.

However, living by the creed at McLaren that both drivers were equal and free to race Co unlike at Red Bull and Mercedes, where team orders were issued in Malaysia and caused such a stir Co Whitmarsh stood by his guns. …

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