McLaren boss Whitmarsh steps in to defuse potential rift between Button, Perez

Button, the most experienced driver in the sport, was left fuming after Sunday's race at the aggressive manner in which Perez had attacked him to challenged for positions, banging wheels and making contact.

updated: April 22, 2013 18:33 IST
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Manama: McLaren team chief Martin Whitmarsh has moved swiftly to defuse a possible feud between his drivers after Jenson Button had accused team-mate Sergio Perez of dangerous driving during the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The pair clashed several times during the race won by championship leader and defending triple world champion German Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull.

But Whitmarsh said both the 2009 champion Briton Button, 33, and Mexican driver Perez, 23, who had been under pressure after a lacklustre start to his McLaren career, had agreed to put the issue behind them.

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