The fact that Button could set the fastest lap on the final lap of the race proved just how night and day the situation with the prime and option tyres had been for him in Greater Noida, as McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh pointed out.
"We didn't get the 0.6 second advantage [in qualifying] the others got when they switched to the option tyre," Whitmarsh admitted. "Fortunately we had the underlying pace to get on the second row. But if you saw Jenson's tyres coming off the options were ruined, but on the prime we told him to save fuel and he still set the fastest lap of the race on the last lap.
"It was McLaren's 150th fastest lap in world championship grand prix racing, incidentally," added Whitmarsh, who also went on to point out that with their result in India, McLaren had now equalled Ferrari's all-time record of 55 consecutive world championship race points finishes.
That was a small silver lining to a day that didn't really deliver as well as Whitmarsh had been hoping. "We scored 22 world championship points here today, but we'd hoped to score quite a few more than that," he conceded, meaning that Ferrari had eased away from them slightly in the constructors championship.
Whitmarsh insisted that McLaren would be seeking to reverse that next weekend in Abu Dhabi, as well as looking to extend that run of points finishes to an outright record.
"In fact, of course, we'll be aiming to do a bit more than that," he added. "There are three grands prix still to run this season, and you can be well sure that everyone at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes will be doing his or her level best to win as many of them as we possibly can."