The ‘Multi-21’ affair is quickly receding from recent memory, and now fans have another teammate feud brewing, this time in the McLaren camp…
After team boss Martin Whitmarsh had recently urged his new signing, Sergio Perez, to show a bit more aggression on the track, the Mexican responded at yesterday’s Bahrain Grand Prix with a forceful drive to sixth place.
However, it seems that the subject of much of his aggression was his own teammate, Jenson Button, who was none too happy about being rough-housed by his less-experienced combatant.
“The racing was great out there. The only person that wasn’t was Checo (Perez),” he told the BBC after the race, in which he slipped to tenth after being forced to use up his tyres trying to keep Perez at bay.
“He was too aggressive, I would say. It was a bit of a surprise, and I’m probably not the only one that feels like that.”
Perez was issued with a quiet word from team management after the race, and told to rein it in when racing against his own teammate.
“I guess I was a little aggressive on track today; banging wheels with Jenson was perhaps a little too risky, a little too hard,” the Mexican admitted in a team press release issued after the race.
So does this little spat rank amongs the greatest of F1’s intra-team rivalries?