McLaren drivers criticise Formula One backmarkers
Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have expressed concerns over the role the slower Formula One teams will play in the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix.
The McLaren drivers are worried that the pace of the so-called backmarkers is so far behind that of other teams that they could cause considerable traffic problems on a circuit where overtaking is difficult.
Hamilton said it was fortunate that no accidents had been caused in the season's previous races given the gulf between the cars at the front and the back of the grid.
"You catch them [the backmarkers] so quick, it's just unreal. When you see them you are wondering where they will move out of the way, and then they move into the wrong position," he said.
Button was also unhappy, pointing out that the slower competitors had cost him valuable seconds last time out in Spain.
"They are so much slower than us and if you are behind them for four or five corners you have lost seconds. I didn't think the backmarkers did a very good job in Spain," he said.
The Monaco Formula One Grand Prix takes place on May 16th.
Posted by Samuel Ball