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Button pleased with strategic podium

Jenson Button takes a podium finish in the Spanish Grand Prix despite terrible start in Barcelona

Jenson Button said he was pleased with a podium finish from the Spanish Grand Prix although the McLaren driver was left to rue a terrible start to the race at Catalunya.

Button dropped down to tenth when the lights went out after being forced onto the outside line through the opening corner but he made the most of a three-stop strategy to come back into contention.

Having made up places following the opening lap, Button then battled ahead of Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso on one lap to climb into third place before the finish.

“I had a terrible start and was on the outside into turn one and turn three, where I lost further places,” he said. “I was down in tenth at the end of the first lap, which was extremely disappointing.

“After that, I didn't think third would really be possible, but as the others all made their pitstops so early, and as my tyres still felt good, I started to think it might be on. After Turkey, it was really fantastic to make the strategy work for me today.

“We stayed on the Option for as long as possible and I did three stops to the others' four – and the result was that I had a great race. I overtook Mark and Fernando within a lap of each other. I knew I wasn't going to catch the first two, but I pushed as hard as I could just in case something happened ahead of me.”

Button added that the differing performance of the two Pirelli compounds had made the weekend a difficult challenge.

“Tyre life with these Pirellis is like a switch,” he said. “Once you lose the rears, the lap-times just drop. We got it just right today – and, when I finally got onto the Prime, the circuit was in a good condition and the tyre worked pretty well. I really felt like I raced today.

“Finally, I want to say a big thank-you to the team today – we chose a fantastic strategy, the pitstops were perfect and we made everything work. This was the result of a superb team effort.”



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