Monisha Kaltenborn Has a Bone to Pick with Jenson Button

Sauber Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn isn’t too pleased with how the McLaren stand-in handled himself at Monaco after he sent Pascal Wehrlein’s car flipping.

Thankfully, the accident occurred at very low speeds, and the end result was a bit comical if anything – but Pascal Wehrlein’s flipped car at the hands of Jenson Button has prompted rage from the head of Sauber’s F1 team principal Monisha Kaltenborn.

Sauber’s German driver Pascal Wehrlein gets ready for the second practice session of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 24, 2017.

Kaltenborn has wasted no time vocalizing her frustration at the stand-in driver for Fernando Alonso after things had gone so south for Pascal – leaving him marooned on the side of the track and prompting a full-course yellow flag to come out:

“[On if Button’s driving angered her]: “Yes, I am because I don’t understand how it can come to that kind of situation. I don’t understand how one can assess a situation and get it so wrong.
There was no way he could pull the move off, that’s why I don’t know why he would try to do such a move.” – Monisha Kaltenborn

Monisha also briefly commented on another one of Sauber’s woes during the Monte Carlo race: pace. The team lead said that with an overall lack of pace in the car, their team strategy was helpless to assist their drivers in giving their best out on the circuit:

“The pace of the car was not there; no strategy can help you to overcome that. That’s a different story which is also frustrating. Now the engineers need to analyze what is happening here and rectify it.

Apart from that, this kind of situation with Pascal, I don’t understand what went on there.” – Monisha Kaltenborn

While there was some corrective action taken against Button’s overly-aggressive pass in such a tight corner, the penalties and driver license points don’t account for anything given that Button’s stint in Formula One is now over as soon as it began.

More importantly, however, was the concern that rested on Pascal Wehrlein – the driver that would be participating in the remainder of the Formula One season. And one that has sustained severe enough injuries during his bizarre crash at the Race of Champions in January that saw him miss several of the early-season Grand Prixes.

SPA, BELGIUM – AUGUST 27: Pascal Wehrlein of Germany and Manor walks in the paddock before final practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 27, 2016 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Wehrlein was immediately taken to the medical center after the crash at Monaco and thoroughly examined by on-track staff. While he has been cleared by the track doctors, Pascal is taking it easy after the race, saying that his pain from the Race of Champions didn’t set in immediately, and that he wants to be sure he’s ok:

“I’m feeling good about doing the next race. My back feels OK.

After my Race of Champions crash it was one hour before I felt anything and then the pain was massive. Now after two hours, I’m feeling OK, so that’s good.
But it’s difficult to say. I will see how I feel in the next few days.” – Pascal Wehrlein

While Pascal is sure to make it out of his little tumble just fine, Sauber’s fortunes are not. The team has been undergoing one of the most dismal starts to their 2017 season, with crash after crash biting into their meager cash reserves. Thus far, they’ve been doing a good job of remaining optimistic in regards to the future, but one can only hold onto that for so long without the results to back it up.

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