Formula 1 governing body, FIA’s controversial team radio ban proved to be controversial again but this time, the victim was F1 veteran Jenson Button who felt the wrath of the stewards.
Button lost hydraulic pressure during the opening stages of the race and when his team told him to “not shift,” instantly Button was handed a drive-through penalty.
The Brit was understandably livid, arguing “So the brake pedal going to the floor isn’t a safety issue?”
2009 champion was the only retiree today, and he has explained his earlier radio communication penalty and brake problem to Sky F1:
“To be fair the problem resolved itself – basically the brake pedal went to the floor, obviously it’s never nice for a driver to get that feeling. The brakes weren’t there so for me that’s a safety concern, that’s a safety problem.
“The guys gave me a switch change to do to make sure it didn’t happen again and we got a drive-through for that even though I was last.
“We’re told that if you’re told you have a problem you have to pit, and I’m guessing you have to pit earlier than we did. There are certain things that we shouldn’t be telling drivers because we should be solving problems ourselves, but when you have a power unit that’s so complex, a driver can’t figure out everything for himself.
“When your brake pedal goes to the floor I think that’s a safety concern, I don’t think you should get punished for that. It could have ended in an accident.”