Jenson Button: “I’m very happy with my performance”

Jenson Button leaves the garage. Credit: McLaren Media Centre

Similarly to his team-mate, Fernando Alonso, McLaren-Honda’s Jenson Button failed to reach the points today at the Italian Grand Prix. However, the Brit had a competitive afternoon and admitted that he enjoyed his race.

Finishing twelfth after a fourteenth place start, Button was happy with his performance nonetheless. He admitted to making a poor start, commenting that:

“There were a few mistakes on the first lap. I got a bad start, then, at the first Lesmo, one of the Saubers pushed me wide, then forced me off the circuit and into the gravel. I was last at the end of the first lap…”

However, Button appeared to put his start behind him and get stuck into the race, saying that:

“After that, I couldn’t have wished for anything better: I had a lot of fun out there and pulled off some good overtaking moves, including one around the outside of Parabolica – something that doesn’t happen very often!”

Unlike his team-mate, Button thought that the pace of the McLaren-Honda wasn’t too poor today, despite his twelfth place finish:

“I’m very happy with my performance. To come through and finish 12th isn’t great, but it wasn’t too bad considering the first lap. There’ll always be ifs and buts: if I hadn’t gone off on the first lap, I think we could have got into the points today.”

The Brit is also optimistic for the remainder of the season, as well as being realistic that Monza was never going to be a strong circuit for the team:

“Singapore will definitely suit us better than here – this is our toughest circuit of the year, so to be that close to the top 10 wasn’t too bad, really.”