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Button: This is my best victory

McLaren's Jenson Button takes his second win of the season and moves to the head of the pack in the race for the F1 2010 drivers' title.
2009 F1 world champion Jenson Button has hailed his Chinese Grand Prix triumph today as 'extremely special', after he overcame the tough and changeable conditions to come out top in his McLaren.

Button won the race – just like in Australia last month – thanks to another canny call on tyres, which helped pave the way for his second win of the season, a result that puts him top in the drivers' championship with 60 points.

Although Button lost a lot of his hard earned advantage following the second safety car period, which bunched up the pack, he managed to hold off his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, despite a scare near the end when he went wide at turn 14 on near bold intermediate tyres. He eventually took P1 by 1.5 seconds.

"This was my best victory in F1. Every race you win becomes your best, but this was an extremely special win in very tough conditions," Button reflected. "And it's especially satisfying because it was a really dominant victory for the whole Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team.

"We scored a one-two today, and the reason we did so was that every single element within the team worked perfectly. From the strategy calls to the pitstops, you need to get everything just right if you're going to win in conditions like these. And today we did indeed get everything just right.

"It's not luck that brought us out on top today. We made the right decisions – the guys on the pitwall and back in Woking made the calls brilliantly, and I couldn't have asked for better support.

"My first few months with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes have been extraordinary – I really feel a real part of the team now – so today's result gives us great excitement, encouragement and enthusiasm as we head to Barcelona, and the start of the European season. We hope to be even stronger there."

McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh meanwhile was delighted to see Button and Hamilton come home 1-2, a result that moves the Woking-based outfit to the top of the constructors' championship - 19 points up on arch rivals Ferrari.

"Jenson drove like the world champion that he is to record a truly brilliant win today in extremely testing conditions," Whitmarsh added. "You won't see many better drives than that, I can tell you – he was very, very impressive today.

"The team did a fantastic job, too. It was a very busy afternoon for all the pit crews, but I thought ours performed particularly well.

"Credit should also be given to Mercedes-Benz for not only supplying the winning engine but also powering the first three cars home – it was the first all-Mercedes-Benz podium in F1 since Aintree 1955. Lovers of F1 trivia may also be interested to know that today's result marks the first all-British one-two since the A1-Ring 1999, where Eddie Irvine led David Coulthard home."

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RaceFan - Unregistered

April 18, 2010 11:05 PM

Jenson Button is a very quick driver, as is Lewis Hamilton. However, Jenson seems to be taking calculated risks too win. Both in Australia and in China he also had first mover advantage, which, as bravely and quickly as Lewis drove, could not be overcome. I am a fan of both drivers and as much of a patriot as the next man, but you have to face it, Jenson is the more mature and complete driver at the moment.

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