Defending World Champion Jenson Button didn’t appreciate what he felt were rough-house tactics from Michael Schumacher as the seven-time World Champion passed Button’s McLaren during the Spanish Grand Prix.

As Jenson exited the pit lane, Schumacher’s Mercedes snatched fifth place (which would later become fourth) as he chopped across the bows of the Briton into Turn 1.

Schumacher passes Button "I didn’t really know where Michael was when he was on the outside of me," Button grumbled after the race. "He turned in and if I hadn’t backed out of it, we would’ve crashed – he didn’t really give me a lot of room there…There you go – you’d think, with his experience, he would know. It wasn’t really the right move."

Looking at the picture, I can see a couple of feet worth of daylight between the two drivers, maybe it’s just me…

It sounds more like a case of Schumacher realising when he’s got his man, Jenson, and perhaps should should have forced the issue a bit more and pushed Schumi wide. He’s smart enough to avoid a shunt!

Once overtaken, Button then repeatedly attempted to take back the place from Schumacher, but all to no avail.

"It’s tough to overtake here and Michael’s not silly," Jenson added. "He knows where to put his car so, on a track like this, you’re not going to overtake him; he was putting it on the inside and I couldn’t pass on the outside because he just pushed me wide every time – he didn’t make a mistake, so it was very frustrating."

[Original image via GP Update]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.