Wehrlein unhappy with “unnecessary” overtake by Button in Monaco


Pascal Wehrlein - Sauber F1 Team - Monaco GP 2017. Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Sauber F1 Team driver Pascal Wehrlein was extremely frustrated to be taken out of the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix, in what he considered to be a needless overtake.

The German was involved in an incident with McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team driver Jenson Button, who was standing in for Fernando Alonso this weekend, which saw the Sauber driver end up face to face with the barrier at Portier, the C36 having tipped onto its side.

Having already missed two rounds of the 2017 Formula 1 season through injury to his neck and back, Wehrlein is conscious of the possibility he could have re-aggravated the problem, and may need to go for further checks prior to the next race in Canada.

“I am feeling okay after the accident. I could get out of the car by myself and went for the usual medical examination.

“As my head touched the barriers, it will be decided within the coming days if I need another medical investigation, also because of the previous thoracic vertebra injury.”

The 22-year-old was not at all pleased following the move by Button, who tried to duck down the inside of the German at Portier when there was little room for manoeuvre, and deemed it reckless on the Brit’s part.

“I am very upset as this is a result of an unnecessary overtaking manoeuvre, bearing in mind that Jenson and I were both on a similar strategy with the pit stop in the first lap, far off from points; an annoying incident which should not have happened.”