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What a crazy race, says Button

Jenson Button: It was a tough battle with Lewis [towards the end], but we didn't touch and we still finished first and second, so that's how you do it.
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.




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sam - Unregistered

May 31, 2010 10:58 AM

Maclaren showed a bit of class in Turkey, Button showed once and for all to those that doubt that he can in fact drive and drive well and Red Bull showed zero class and the fact that Vettel is far from the top shelf of drivers....imagine him having to do what Alonso did in Monaco without taking out half the field....Vettel severely over rated. Hamilton drove well and kept pressure on all race. Not far behind now Maclaren...shades of last year, and they have the better engine.

JJJ

May 31, 2010 10:46 AM

I think Button could have gone quite a bit quicker in the end than Lewis since he probably saved his tires and fuel better, but in this situation I will give McLaren a pass for the team orders. Speaking of which, apparently (I've read it on a german site) Webber had been told by the team to tune the engine down a little as well and bring it home, whereas Vettel wasn't. Could explain why he could so easily get alongside of Webber.



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