• British Grand Prix

Button relieved race worked out

ESPNF1 Staff
July 11, 2010 « Mercedes has come good - Rosberg | »
Jenson Button gives a thumbs-up to the crowd © Sutton Images

Jenson Button said his fourth-place finish was as good as he could have hoped for after a challenging weekend at the British Grand Prix.

Button struggled to find a balance in his car all weekend and McLaren faced a major setback when it abandoned its plans to run its blown diffuser update on Friday. As a result he qualified 14th, but on Sunday gained six places at the start of the race and then went on to make up another four over the course of the race.

"After Friday, to pick up second and fourth today is great," he said. "I'm still second in the drivers' championship, and the only pain is that Lewis has pulled away a bit. But we'll try and get that back at the next race. I reckon we'll turn up at Hockenheim with a stronger car, and that therefore we won't be fighting from the start of the weekend. I hope we'll have a good race there and can really take the fight to the Red Bulls."

He admitted that a strong strategy and other drivers' problems had allowed him to progress through the field.

"That was a great race, and I'm so happy to have made up 10 places," he added. "But it's hard to overtake around here, so I knew I had to make up a lot of places off the start-line. In the event I made up six places, but I then had to push really hard on the option tyre in the first stint. That strategy worked for us and I came out behind Fernando, who had a drive-through, so I picked up fourth. It's a pity I couldn't have overtaken Nico [Rosberg], but this is still a fantastic result for me. It's a pity I couldn't get onto the podium in front of my home crowd, who have been absolutely amazing all weekend."