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Button encouraged by Melbourne success

Jenson Button says he is encouraged by his victory for McLaren in Australia
Jenson Button admits that his victory in the Australian Grand Prix is encouraging for the season ahead as he continues to settle into his new surroundings with McLaren.

The defending champion moved up to third place in the championship standings with his victory at Albert Park but he said that the 25 points for victory wasn't the only positive to take away from a first win of the year.

"Well, it's easy to say it, but it's 25 points, which is always helpful,” he said. “But I really think this underlines that not only are we competitive, but we're very well integrated: as a team we can trust and rely on each other and we can build on those strengths."

'That's what I'm most excited about, really, after Melbourne; the impetus that this will give us. I've spoken before about needing time to get more comfortable in the car, and I still mean that, there's still a little way to go until I think I'll find the new environment completely suited to me.

“The fact that we've already got one win under our belts, and that we can clearly see the work ahead of us that we want to do to be better - that's really, really encouraging."

Button added that he hadn't expected to fight for victory in Melbourne and that the win left him in positive mood for the remainder of the campaign.

"I certainly didn't expect us to win in Australia,” he said. “I think we came to this race expecting a closer fight with the guys at the front, but, right through practice and qualifying, the car just felt good beneath me. Fourth in qualifying was the best I could get from the car, and then, obviously, the race was fantastic. I'm extremely proud of the job the whole team did this weekend, and that gives me a very good feeling for the season ahead."


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simon - Unregistered

March 30, 2010 5:36 PM

over2u.......Buttons has "lucked" his way to 8 gp wins now??? When will you Button haters admit that he is a decent driver.Even when he doesnt have the best car he still wins and you lot think he is still rubbish and lucky???

stevyweavy - Unregistered

March 30, 2010 5:31 PM

We should give credit where credit is due. The safe thing for JB to do was just follow the rest of the flock. He risked a points finish for the win - his decision and if it had failed everybody would be pointing the finger at him. He chose the risky course of going for the win and it paid off so as far as I am concerned good luck to him. And furthermore at the end of the race when everybody else was complaining that their tyres were going off (even LH on his second sety!) JB was going faster and faster. Given the conditions perfect race and a balls out strategy which enabled him to get the win as opposed to possibly a lowly points finish. Whether you rate JB or not you have to applaud him.



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