Jenson Button has claimed that Lance Stroll needs to “have more respect” for his team at Aston Martin, batting off the defence from team principal Mike Krack after the Canadian driver lashed out at his personal trainer in Qatar.
Stroll had been eliminated in Q1 during qualifying for the fourth successive race at the Qatar Grand Prix, leaving him furious in the cockpit. The 24-year-old first threw his steering wheel from the cockpit before storming past his trainer in the garage.
His trainer, attempting to get Stroll to head for his mandatory post-session weigh-in, was shoved out of the way by the Canadian driver, who later attracted even more criticism after storming out of the subsequent press session.
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“For me, the big one is the off-track antics which I have a little bit of an issue with,” Button told Sky Sports F1. “I think as a racing driver you get stressed in certain situations but you need to control that.
“You need to have more respect within the team and who you work with. And I think he lost that a little bit at the last race. Hopefully, he realises that and he’s put it right.”
David Croft then pressed Button on Krack’s defence of Stroll’s actions, likening them to a footballer kicking over a water bottle in frustration. The 2009 world champion wasn’t entertaining that comparison, stating: “Not when it’s a human being, no. So it’s not, and you know, Mike Krack also said that drivers need more respect.
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“I understand the stress we’re under and the cameras [are] always on a racing driver, but I think respect is more needed for the other people you’re working with in the team. So, hopefully, he’s realised that. I know it is tough, there’s so much pressure on you and sometimes you can be forgiven for the way you act, but other times it’s just not right.”
Button isn’t the only former F1 world champion to call out Stroll’s conduct with Nico Rosberg taking his chance to criticise Stroll during the weekend at the Lusail International Circuit.
The former Mercedes man suggested that any other driver would lose his seat off the back of both the garage incidents and his inconsistent performances in 2023, although the Canadian looks set to remain with Aston Martin for 2024 alongside Fernando Alonso.
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