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'I got everything out of the car' - Button

ESPNF1 Staff
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Jenson Button pushes the McLaren to the limit © Sutton Images
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Jenson Button reckons he got the very best from his McLaren at Suzuka during qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix, despite missing out on pole position by 0.009s to Sebastian Vettel.

Button topped all three practice sessions in the run up to qualifying but was pipped by Vettel's Red Bull on his final run in Q3. It was the closest McLaren has been to beating Red Bull all year in qualifying and Button said his team could be proud.

"Basically I was just building up until Q3 and thought the last lap would have been enough, but it was 0.009s not good enough. But there you go," he said. "I felt like I got everything out of the car. I got a bit of oversteer on that last run, but I think that's just because I was pushing that little bit more. Fair play to the whole team for really fighting the Red Bulls around here on a circuit that they've dominated on for the last couple of years, I think it's a great job by everyone. It's not P1, it's not perfect, but second is still pretty good and I think we can race well from there. "

And he praised the Suzuka circuit as one of his favourites.

"It's been a pretty good weekend," Button added. "As always, I think we all love driving around here. Suzuka's a phenomenal circuit. When you've got a car that's working round here it's a great feeling."