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.