F1 2009 World champion Jenson Button claimed his third podium finish of the season in the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday, when he brought his McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25 home in second place.

Button ran strongly throughout the event at Istanbul Park, moving ahead of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, when the two Red Bulls tangled on lap 40. The Englishman also took the lead briefly towards the end, only to be re-passed by his team-mate and eventual winner, Lewis Hamilton also immediately.

The result moves Button up to second in the drivers' championship, and he now has 88 points, 5 less than Webber, who remains top after taking third.

"What a crazy race!" Button reflected. "I got a good start, but I was stuck behind Lewis going into Turn One, and then Michael [Schumacher] was able to get round the outside of me. I got Michael back into Turn 12, though, which was very rewarding after Barcelona, and then it was four of us, two McLarens and two Red Bulls, who pulled away.

"It was very difficult to get close enough to overtake, but I was able to look after the tyres, and then just before the stop I pushed and was able to close up to Sebastian - I thought maybe I could jump him but that wasn't the case in the end. Even so, we were all running pretty close and anything could have happened at the end of the race - which it duly did when the two Red Bulls got together, which gave Lewis and me a good one-two.

"We were then both told to conserve fuel - although I'd already been conserving fuel for about 30 laps at that point actually - and we never imagined the pace of the race would be so fast.

"At the end, I had a run on Lewis out of Turn Eight. I don't know why he was a bit slow, but I got a good run into Turn 12 and managed to get past him. We had a good little battle and we were wheel-to-wheel for three corners, but it positioned me wrong for the final corner, I got a poor exit and he was able to get back past me along the pits straight and on the inside into Turn One.

"After that, I was told to save even more fuel because I was pretty close to critical. It was a tough battle, but we didn't touch and we still finished first and second, so that's how you do it."

McLaren boss, Martin Whitmarsh meanwhile was delighted to see his two drivers come home 1-2, although their dice at the end probably gave him more than a few palpitations.

"Today's race had everything: drama, suspense, excitement and a perfect result from a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes point of view," Whitmarsh added. "The 43 world championship points we earned from our one-two finish have propelled us to the top of the constructors' world championship.

"But we're particularly encouraged by the fact that, despite our having to ask both our drivers to drive with fuel conservation in mind from early in the race, it was immediately clear that Lewis had the pace to pull away if only he could have passed Mark - and he very nearly did on a number of occasions. It was edge-of-the-seat stuff - and Jenson was pushing Sebastian pretty hard just a few hundred metres behind.

"After the Red Bulls fell over each other, Lewis and Jenson raced each other pretty hard whilst still driving with fuel conservation in mind, and I imagine their dice made hugely entertaining TV, too.

"On the slow-down lap, Jenson congratulated Lewis on the radio, which is an eloquent illustration of the affection and respect they have for each other.

"Looking forward to the Canadian Grand Prix in two weeks' time now, we're pleased to have closed the performance gap to Red Bull, and are hopeful of bagging another hefty haul of world championship points in Montreal. But I want to stress that I can only say that as a result of the fact that everyone in the entire Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team - our drivers, our engineers, our mechanics and every single person who works so hard back at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking [Surrey, UK] - is so motivated, so driven and so committed to the cause."


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