Button scared of sun

 Jenson Button has again expressed his concerns regarding the later start time of this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, pointing out that ‘it can be dangerous if you’ve got the sun in your eyes and you can’t see where you’re going’.

The race around Albert Park was moved back last year from a daytime event to one ending as the sun goes down. With a 5pm local start time, this could mean the chequered flag may not appear until as late as 7pm. The aim of the schedule change was to attract a greater share of global television audiences, as the grand prix is now broadcast live at a more sociable hour in Europe, where the sport’s majority fan base lies.

The setting sun, however, already provoked some controversy in 2009 with drivers complaining of a reduction in visibility towards the end of the race – and those fears refuse to go away 12 months on.

“It sounds petty, but it’s not,” Button told Reuters. “It can be dangerous if you’ve got the sun in your eyes and you can’t see where you’re going – but I’d rather be racing in the day, even a twilight race for me, than the night-time. Out in front is probably not such a bad place to be [as the sun sets], so hopefully we can put ourselves in the same place and won’t have to worry.”

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I wonder what Ray-Ban has to say about this…

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Its funny how people are saying hes a wuss becuase of the sun when most people would scared to drive the car without any distractions.

The sun is a big problem when racing especially when it is setting and is low in the sky, it gets in your eyes and when your fast approaching a corner it can be very hard. Ive gone off the track from outbraking because i cant see my braking point, becuase the sun blinding me. That was in Karting though which is a lot slower so it must be extremely dangerous in F1.(Tinted Visors arnt as useful as you think, try looking at the sun with sunglasses on it doesnt help much)

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Phew… I thought he meant the Sun newspaper…

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havn`t seen the sun round here since last summer. send it over here

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Thats the problem of all sports nowadays – It’s for spectators, not for participants (can’t be another way, though). All those night, twilight races are just to attract more viewers from Zimbabwe or North Pole, whatever, such races can really become a torture. Bernie and FOTA talking so much about the safety now…and still having this ridiculous twilight race. Rubbish.

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And what about those visors on certain welding helmets? I mean those which get darker when they “see” the flash of the welding torch. Careful tuning might make the drivers’ visors to get darker when they are in the straight that points towards the sun and will be fully transparent when not facing it.
PROBLEM SOLVED! Now how much are drivers and the FIA going to pay for my idea? hehehe.

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McLaren fan, most people aren’t paid millions a year to drive their cars, Button is, thats the difference. Less whinging, more racing.

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I like the style you took with this article. It isn’t typical that you discover something so concise and informative.

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of corse its gonna be dangerous if ur diving at speeds up to 200mph with the flaming sun in ur eyes so buttons right to cmplain about it

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