Alonso 'having fun' with provocative comments - Button


Recent comments by Fernando Alonso are an attempt to shift attention from the Spaniard, according to Jenson Button.

In the approach to this weekend's Spanish grand prix, the Ferrari driver provocatively said Lewis Hamilton is close to being penalised by race stewards for driving infractions.

And the double world champion also said he senses relationship "problems" between Hamilton and his McLaren teammate Button.
"Fernando is having a bit of fun with everyone," Button said in Barcelona.

"He's trying to move the focus away from himself a little bit. I'm very happy and I think Lewis is. We're getting on really well."

Button also sided with Hamilton in disapproving of Alonso's pit entry passing manoeuvre on his Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa three weeks ago in China.

The Italian team and its drivers have dismissed the rumblings about the incident, but Button admitted he would "be gutted if my teammate did that to me".

Button not hurt by latest Briatore insult

Button insists he was not hurt when he read Flavio Briatore's latest jibes.

Before 30-year-old Button became world champion last year, the ousted, banned and disgraced former Renault boss likened his speed to a concrete roadside post.

And earlier this week, 60-year-old Briatore said the current world championship leader is not among F1's best five drivers.

"It made me laugh when I read it," said the McLaren driver in Barcelona. "I am very happy, he has got to try a bit harder.

"I am leading the championship and he is not in the sport," added Button.

But that could all change soon, in the wake of the FIA's deal to drop the legal wrangle with Briatore in exchange for letting him back in F1 in 2013.

In his latest interview, with the Gulf Times, Briatore said "I need to be in formula one".
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