Jenson Button apologised following his criticism of the Valencia circuit

Jenson Button has been forced to make offered an apology for his immediate post-qualifying press interview in Valencia on Saturday. The Englishman finished ninth-fastest overall, and suggested that he would have little hope for a better result on account of the circuit’s characteristics.

“We’re in Valencia. Not a lot happens here,” was his reply to a question asked by the BBC’s Lee McKenzie, when he was asked for his thoughts on his chances of a good result.

Less than an hour later and Button was taking to Twitter to apologise.

“Sorry for my negative comments about Valencia,” he wrote. “Now I’ve calmed down I think there is still a lot to play for [on] Sunday!”

Who is Jenson trying to kid? Valencia is well known as a nightmare of a circuit for overtaking, and the consensus of most Formula 1 fans is that it is a waste of space on the F1 calendar.

He certainly had little in the way of criticism from F1 fans over his outburst, so one wonders where this change of heart came from? A McLaren pep talk, or did a city official complain?

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.