While delighted to have secured a fine fourth place in the British Grand Prix, Jenson Button admitted he was disappointed not to have made it onto the podium in his home round of the F1 season.
The defending F1 champion endured a difficult qualifying session which meant he only started the race down in 14th place but a fine start saw him quickly climb into the top ten.
Button then completed a long stint on the option tyre which allowed him to climb to fifth and made up a place when Fernando Alonso was forced to take a drive-through penalty.
That allowed Button to take fourth place and maintain second in the championship standings although he admitted there was disappointment at not getting ahead of Nico Rosberg onto the podium.
“That was a great race, and I'm so happy to have made up ten places,” he said. “But it's hard to overtake around here, so I knew I had to make up a lot of places off the start-line. In the event I made up six places, but I then had to push really hard on the option tyre in the first stint. That strategy worked for us and I came out behind Fernando, who had a drive-through, so I picked up fourth. It's a pity I couldn't have overtaken Nico, but this is still a fantastic result for me.
“After Friday, to pick up second and fourth today is great. I'm still second in the drivers' championship, and the only pain is that Lewis has pulled away a bit. But we'll try and get that back at the next race. I reckon we'll turn up at Hockenheim with a stronger car, and that therefore we won't be fighting from the start of the weekend. I hope we'll have a good race there and can really take the fight to the Red Bulls.”
McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh was able happy with Button's performance and the way in which the team had bounced back from its difficult start to the weekend.
“Jenson drove a masterly race to make up ten places – from 14th at the start to fourth at the finish – and the team got all the strategy calls right for him,” he said. “In fact, the team's efforts over the whole weekend have been exemplary. I've said it before, but the team is operating more cohesively than ever before, whether we've been working late into the night to prepare the cars, or Gary putting in additional time in the simulator on Friday night to ensure we began Saturday in as competitive a proposition as possible. It's that effort and dedication that has kept us in the lead of both world championships. So, well done, boys.
“So, yes, although we didn't win the 2010 Santander British Grand Prix, today is a good day. We saw an excellent afternoon's racing on a wonderful racetrack – and we leave Silverstone with our lead in the constructors' world championship intact, and with Lewis and Jenson still in first and second places in the drivers' world championship.”