Jenson Button has conceded that McLaren
just weren't quite quick enough today to win the inaugural Indian Grand Prix
at the all-new Buddh International Circuit.
Button made a strong start and got ahead of both Fernando Alonso
and Mark Webber
on the opening lap.
Although he could then stay with Sebastian Vettel
though, he couldn't close in to mount a challenge and he eventually had to settle for second - 8.4 seconds adrift at the chequered flag.
“In terms of team effort, we did everything right today – our car just wasn't quite quick enough to actually win,” Button said following the 17th round in the F1 2011 World Championship.
“I got a good start, made up places on the first lap and then settled down to keep Mark behind me for five or six laps. Eventually, I think we 'broke' his rear tyres, which enabled me to establish a gap. Then I could set about Seb - but it was very difficult to close him down.
“At the final stop, it was a risk going to the harder tyre earlier than Seb, but we had to give it a go and it worked pretty well as I was able to close him down by a further three seconds. My car felt really good: before Seb could find his rhythm on the Prime, I was able to get the gap down to 2.8 seconds, but it wasn't quite enough.
“Still, this was a very good result for us - and I think we delivered the maximum possible.
“I loved the whole experience this weekend. And I think every driver will be excited about coming back here because it's such a phenomenal circuit; fast and flowing with a bit of everything. It gets a big tick from me.
“The Indian people have really welcomed us to their country; I've never seen so many people smiling before. And the crowd has been wonderful.
“I hope that F1 grows in India in the future and that we get an even bigger crowd here next year.”