McLaren Honda’s Jenson Button maybe stepping back from his race seat at the end of the season, however in the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on Sunday, the 2009 world champion showed that he is still one of the best drivers on the grid.
Button started the race from 19th place on the grid, and on the opening lap of the race he made up eight places, by the end of the opening lap, Button was in 11th place.
Button went on to finish the race in ninth place joining team mate Fernando Alonso in the points, giving McLaren Honda a double points finish with Fernando Alonso ending the race in fifth place. Speaking following the race, Jenson Button commented on his performance by saying:
I’m pretty happy to get into the points after a frustrating day yesterday. The start was a bit of a crazy mess – there was so much action. Starting 19th makes your race a little bit more difficult but I had a good first couple of laps which I really enjoyed. I made up a lot of places and then fought my way into the top 10, and then I fluffed up my second pit-stop a little bit where I lost a place to Checo [Perez], but I think he would have got past me anyway.
“The second half of the race for me wasn’t as exciting – I was looking after the tyres, judging the gap behind me, and trying to save the tyres to the end of the race to attempt to catch Checo, but I think I was about three seconds off at the end. I came home ninth which isn’t too bad, and it’s great to get some good points for the team on both sides of the garage. Fernando did a fantastic job to get to P5. He was very quick today, and the Safety Car helped him a lot – one day we’ll get that luck too!
“I made some strong overtakes – some good, clean scraps – especially into Turn One, and I had a lot of fun fighting my way through, which made it a lot more enjoyable.
“For the rest of the season, it’s important that we work on our Saturdays – trying not to make bad decisions and qualifying closer to the top 10, which means you have a lot more to fight with. Hopefully the next race in Mexico City will be a good one – I’m already excited about it – and hopefully we can get a good result there.”