Jenson Button unhappy with teammate’s aggression

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Jenson Button has revealed his frustration with teammate Sergio Perez following a tight battle between the two McLaren drivers in today’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

Button and Perez went head-to-head after the final round of stops, and it was the Mexican driver who managed to emerge victorious after pushing Button off the track at one point.

“The racing out there and was great fun but Checo was too aggressive,” Button told Sky Sports.

“At 300km/h, you don’t expect your teammate to come alongside and bang wheels with you. So that was a bit of a surprise and I’m probably not the only one feels like that.”

Perez had been told to “toughen up” by McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh earlier this week, who believes that the Mexican driver had taken this mantra too far.

“You don’t hit your teammate, though,” Whitmarsh said. “As I said to Checo, endplate to rear tire could have punctured Jenson and broken his front wing. That was over the limit.”

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Regardless of the inter-team battle, McLaren will be pleased to have recorded its first double-score of the season. Perez continued to battle through the field to pass Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber for P6, whilst Button could only come home in P10 behind Nico Rosberg.

The team now sits in 7th place in the constructors’ championship, one point behind Force India.

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.