Button: “We’re lucky we were allowed to race”

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Jenson Button says he and team mate Sergio Perez are fortunate to be allowed to race each other following their battle in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Button was critical of Perez after the race, insisting his team mate had been “too aggressive” and banged wheels with him. McLaren cleared the air in a meeting between its drivers and senior management following the grand prix.

“After the race it was important to sit down with the team and Checo and for us all to talk about the race, get it out and move on,” said Button.

“I think we’re very lucky that we were allowed to race. There are a lot of teams where team-mates aren’t allowed to race. But we’d better respect that decision and not take advantage of it.”

Several teams have instructed their drivers not to race each other at different points during the season so far. In Australia Force India told Paul di Resta not to overtake Adrian Sutil for seventh place in the closing stages of the race.

Mercedes gave the same order to Nico Rosberg when he closed on Lewis Hamilton in the next race in Malaysia. Rosberg objected strenuously to the order, but complied.

However Sebastian Vettel did not obey his team when told not to pass Mark Webber for the lead in Malaysia, leading to the most controversial moment of the season so far.

Racing world reacts to Danica Patrick’s Daytona, Indy double news

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Here’s a sampling of quotes and social media reaction to Danica Patrick’s news announced earlier Friday that this would be her last full-time season as a driver, and that she’ll race in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 only in 2018.

This ends a full-time stretch in the top flights of NASCAR and IndyCar. She was in NASCAR from 2012 through 2017, and IndyCar from 2005 through 2011.

Her’s her own post on Twitter and Instagram.

Well…. 2018 Daytona 500 and Indy 500 here I come. 🙌🏼

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IMS President J. Douglas Boles

“We’re glad Danica plans to return to the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Her final career start will make what’s already shaping up to be a terrific Month of May even more interesting for our fans.

“It’s also fitting that Danica is wrapping up her career at the place and in the race where she became a household name and captured the world’s attention in 2005 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500. We’re looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy car next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

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