Jenson Button: “It was just a case of fighting my way back”


Jenson Button finished the 2016 Russian Grand Prix in tenth, scoring his first points of the 2016 Formula 1 season.

The McLaren-Honda driver started the Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom in twelfth, but after clashes at Turn Two and Turn Three on the opening lap, Button dropped behind a number of slower cars, and the Briton spent the remainder of the afternoon jumping up the grid to finish in tenth.

After seeing both himself and team-mate Fernando Alonso finish inside the top ten, Button believes getting both cars home in the points is a fantastic result for the Woking outfit. After the clashes at Turn Two and Turn Three, Button believes he was at a disadvantaged but was able to make a few moves and enjoy himself.

“To get both cars home in the points – and at a track which we didn’t feel would really suit our package – is a fantastic result for the whole team,” said Button. “As the pack dived into Turn Two, I had to back off because it was mayhem.

“The bollard at Turn Two is the problem at the start because people are trying to fight through Turns Two and Three. I think that needs some looking at. From there, I was disadvantaged, but the pace was in the car. After that, it was just a case of fighting my way back – which I really enjoyed. It’s difficult to overtake around here, but I was able to make a few moves and enjoy myself. 

“I think the next race in Barcelona will be reasonably difficult for us, but there’s no reason not to look forward to targeting another points haul in Monaco.”