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You said: "...but for a botched pit-stop Button would have been challenging for a podium at the last race!"
We have to stop drawing conclusion based on "if this ..., if that..." Alonso could well sit back and say if I hadn't crashed out, I would have won the race. Even a Marussia driver can be a world champion with a combination of "ifs..."
Was Jenson Button's subsequent retirement the result of the "botched pit stop"? From what I have heard so far from Button himself and Martin Whitmarsh, the answer is NO.
What makes you think that even with a perfect pit stop, Button would not have suffered the same high vibration on the left wheel? Button pitted on lap 33, meaning that he still had 23 laps to put on those tires in order to achieve a 3 stop race strategy. The best he had managed until that point was 18 laps in his 2nd stint and the tyres were gone when he pitted. I still believe Jenson would have been forced to pit again towards the end of the race, just as did his tea