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.

Toyota victorious in Bahrain on Porsche’s LMP1 swansong

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.

Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.

Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.

Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.

Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.

With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.

Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.

Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.

GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.