Jenson Button described his battle with Sergio Perez in the Italian Grand Prix as "amazing" and "superb".

Perez was defending from Button for a number of laps, with Button twice finding a way through but Perez then immediately regaining the position. While Button was disappointed to finish eighth - lower than his grid slot - he was enthralled with the racing itself and believes it will have been well received by the fans.

"This wasn't the result I was after - but it was good fun nonetheless," Button said. "It's just a pity that we didn't quite have the race pace we'd hoped for: when you start fifth and sixth, you're not just looking for a points finish, you want a bit more than that.

"If we'd had a clear run, I think we could have done a bit better - but, in the traffic, it was easier for the cars around us to pick us off than it was for us to pick them off.

"I had an amazing battle with Checo - we took the first Lesmo side by side, which doesn't happen very often. It's a pity I couldn't get past him - I tried so many times - but he was so strong under braking that to match him into the turns I was locking up the fronts and the rears, which left me struggling for position on the exits.

"But I was really on the limit. It was superb wheel-to-wheel action - I hope it was great entertainment for the spectators and fantastic TV for the fans at home."

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