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Melbourne win special, says Button

Jenson Button: I think that every race we go to from here we will be closer and closer to the front when it comes to qualifying and hopefully race pace is pretty much there now.
2009 F1 world champion Jenson Button has said he is now hoping to do something similar in Malaysia next weekend following his success at Albert Park - although he concedes that they still have some work to do to challenge regularly for the top step of the podium.

Button was delighted following his Australian Grand Prix win on Sunday and admitted that it was a 'very special feeling' to triumph on what was only his second outing with his new team. Button took the laurels after an early decision to switch from intermediates to slicks paid dividends.

"It is very special [to win here]," said the McLaren new boy. "It has taken me a little while to get to grips inside the car. The team has been fantastic though. They have really welcomed me in, but it has taken me a little bit of time to adapt to inside the cockpit.

"I don't know what to say really, it is very difficult to put it into words. But a very special feeling and we will take a lot from this. I feel I am just building in confidence and hopefully when we get to the next race we can do something similar as this feels too good."

Asked how it compares to his first win with Brawn 12 months ago, Button added that they are both very different: "You can't really compare victories like that," he explained. "They are both very special but they are very different and the emotions that were going through my head before and after the race were very different also than last year.

"This one is a special victory because I've only been with this team for a short period of time but this is one of the main reasons why I wanted to be here. I think that the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team is pretty much always fighting it out for victories and as a driver you want to be in that situation.

"But on the other hand, I think the conditions helped us in this race, definitely. We're not in the position to go to the next two or three races and walk away with victories, so we've got to enjoy this moment and think that we've got some good points when we're not the quickest and we've got to work on the areas where we think we're weak.

"We're doing that right now and I think that every race we go to from here we will be closer and closer to the front when it comes to qualifying and hopefully race pace is pretty much there now."

As for if he thought it would take him only two races to win for McLaren, Button conceded he never expected he would manage that feat so soon.

"I thought it would take longer than this, but a lot of it depends on what sort of car you come out of the box with. This race was obviously unusual. I don't know where we would stand in general pace but it's not what all racing is about. It's about strategy, it's about thinking and it's about conserving and we did it correctly today and we came away with a good victory," he continued. "This is very special. Whatever happens over the next few races, this means a lot to me, to be in this position right now. After being with one team for seven years and clinching the title and here, after two races, getting a victory is very special to me.

"A lot of that goes to the team for their efforts and making me feel welcome within the team, because that's something I do need, to be competitive, and I have that. So now we've just got to look at improving the car because out and outright pace in qualifying is something that we're lacking a little bit, so it's an area we desperately need to work on. When you can get good points' finishes like this it really does mean a lot to you when you don't have a car that you think is quick enough to win races every weekend, so these are important points for us and we've just got to work hard and hope that we can bring some good packages to the next few races."



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DJ - Unregistered

March 29, 2010 11:37 AM

All that was proved on Sunday was that even if you were 1 - 2 seconds a lap quicker and on newer tyres you still couldn't overtake, If the next race is dry and they all qualify were they should we will have a 1 stop parade again, although like everyone else I hope not!



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