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Jenson Button makes an outrageous claim about Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso is well known as the diva of the Formula 1 world, and the Spaniard is renowned for being hard to please and quick to express his dissatisfaction when things don’t go his way.

The 41-year-old, who will join Aston Martin in 2023, has become known for his games and tactics, infamously refusing to come out of his pit box during qualifying in an effort to prevent teammate Lewis Hamilton from securing pole position when the pair were teammates.

Jenson Button has now revealed that Alonso was no different during his time working with the Spaniard in 2015 and 2016 with McLaren in an interview with Nico Rosberg.

The pair battled to compete for points in the Honda-powered McLaren, leaving them essentially racing each other on many race weekends, and Button has now revealed some of the shocking tactics Alonso would use to get the best of him. .

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“Fernando was playing a lot more, which, in a way, was at a point in my career where I was game-ready,” Button explained.

“We weren’t fighting anyone else. We were so slow that we would fight each other and play games, some of which I don’t want to get into too much.

“If he was behind me he would say ‘there was a problem with the car’ and retire from the race.

“We weren’t scoring points, so I was saving the car for the next race, but I was like ‘there’s a problem, there’s a problem!’

“[The team] I would say ‘no Fernando, no problem’. Keep driving’.”

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Button’s claims come as a shocking revelation, as a driver who chooses to fake a mechanical failure just because he was losing a race doesn’t reflect well on them at all.

It’s also worth noting that Button claimed there were a plethora of examples of similar gameplay, but declined to share any more stories with Rosberg, possibly because the examples he had in mind would reflect his former teammate even less.

Aston Martin says it is aware of Alonso’s reputation for becoming a somewhat toxic presence when he is unhappy with what the team can provide, but believes that an open and honest relationship about the team’s capabilities is key to maintaining an atmosphere of healthy work. .

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