Button accepts grid penalty

McLaren driver Jenson Button (20/1 World Drivers’¬†Championship 2014 outright) admits he can’t complain about being handed a three-place grid penalty at the United States GP after he overtook under red flags during opening practice.

Stewards at the Circuit of the Americas, who include former F1 world champion Nigel Mansell, decided following the session that the Brit had committed the offence when he passed Daniil Kvyat in his Torro Rosso, after first practice saw a red-flag early on due to the trackside medical helicopter developing a fault.

Button, who will stay at McLaren with young driver Kevin Magnussen for the 2014 next season, showed his pace during first practice, going second only to Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

His pace did drop towards the end of second practice and he set the ninth-fastest time, with Red Bull duo Sebastian Vettel (2/7 US Grand Prix outright) and Mark Webber coming first and second respectively.

After the session the former world champion Button admitted there was nothing he could complain about.

He told Sky Sports News: “The fact is that I overtook on a red flag which is obviously the wrong thing to do. It wasn’t a dangerous situation and to be fair I didn’t do it on purpose, the guy slowed down. But the rules are the rules – I just wish we didn’t have the red flag.”

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