Button disappointed with Rosberg's penalty escape

Championship leader Jenson Button has expressed disappointment after FIA stewards chose not to penalise Nico Rosberg in the wake of Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix. The Brawn pair argued that they lost positions to the German driver when he went...

Championship leader Jenson Button has expressed disappointment after FIA stewards chose not to penalise Nico Rosberg in the wake of Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix.

The Brawn pair argued that they lost positions to the German driver when he went too fast during a late safety car period at Suzuka. A demotion for Rosberg would have guaranteed the constructors' title for the Brackley based team.

A penalty would also have limited the points damage inflicted by Red Bull's title challenger Sebastian Vettel, who dominated the event while Button could finish just eighth.

The FIA officials acknowledged that Rosberg drove too quickly, but said it was due to him not being able to read his dashboard display.

"I respect the decision but it's disappointing when you think someone has done something wrong and they don't get penalised," Button told reporters.

The 29-year-old had himself been penalised for a similar safety infringement on Saturday, when he sped past a yellow flag hazard in qualifying.

But he insisted he is not going to dwell on Rosberg's escape.

"It's not going to change anything massively I don't think. Life goes on," said the Briton. "That's the decision.

"I don't know all the information while the FIA and the stewards, they have got all the information in front of them so whatever their decision, that's what it is," Button added.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Nico Rosberg , Sebastian Vettel