Jenson In Need Of His Button's Pressing Once More

Antony HerbertAnalyst IIIMarch 22, 2010

SAKIR, BAHRAIN - MARCH 14:  Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes is seen during drivers team group picture during the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit on March 14, 2010 in Sakir, Bahrain.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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After stumbling to a seventh placed finish it was only a matter of time before Jenson Button got his claws out, and attacked anything but his own performance.

The driver is a nice guy; there is no doubt about that. He even showed last season that with a good car behind him he is capable of better than we had previously expected.

Yet in his criticism of the procession in Bahrain, he continues a long line of accusations that detract from his own potential.

His claims that the ban on refuelling has proved a detriment to the new season echoes similar comments made by other former champions Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher.

With Jenson though, he may once more be masking a hidden agenda. When performance in the Brawn began to drift last year, and when team mate Barrichello took charge, did Button take any accountability? Did he heck!

He found it easier to judge the machine beneath him. If not that, then the track and its lack of grip seemingly halted his credentials. Rarely did he reflect on his own individual performance.

This has been a trait which has allowed few to regard him as a special talent. It's the opinion of Jenson that we have become accustomed to.

The next few races will tell us whether those who have complained most about the refuelling ban can be validated in their opinions.

Yet I can’t help but feel that more drivers need to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Felipe Massa. The Brazilian has found solace in his determination to overcome the apparent lack of overtaking opportunity. He appears to hold enough inspiration within to attempt a subversion of any hindrances that increased engine sizes and heavy fuel loads have brought.

Consequentially it is drivers such as himself who will be more able to portray the ability to pass rivals on track.

A great deal of opportunism is born out of psychology and the willingness to take risks.

In the start of his career Massa was reckless in this ideal. He made many costly mistakes, and afforded himself a relatively negative reputation.

Yet as he grew in knowledge and experience he acquired a greater ability to put his optimism into effect.  From this ability a star was well and truly born.

The Grand Prix of Australia is a more appealing prospect to provide us with an enticing weekend of action.

It is hopeful that Massa and others with a similar determination will gift us the enhanced spectacle that we crave as supporters.

After all the sport of Formula 1 should feature a batch of drivers who can exude brilliance and beauty behind the wheel of their car, as opposed to a collection who rebel against rules which they feel constrain them.