Jenson Button hails his car but labels the week “disappointing” despite 2nd place finish at Singapore
Singapore was an eventful affair for McLaren driver Jenson Button. The Englishman, who won the season opener in Australia, recorded a second place finish in Marina Bay, Singapore on Sunday. This victory leaves Sebastian Vettel sixth in the Drivers Standing with 119 points.
Jenson Button’s teammate Lewis Hamilton had to quit the race following issues in his gearbox. The 27-year-old Briton managed to run around for only 22 laps before retiring to the pit.
Lewis Hamilton’s exit made Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel the new pack leader, which the young German stayed till the end of the race. Sebastian Vettel is now placed second in the Drivers Standings with 165 points to his name.
Jenson Button came in front of media to talk about his eventful race in question and answer session after the race. The Formula One veteran started off by talking about the accident he evaded when the race was restarted.
“Was that fun? Good,” Jenson Button said talking about the race. “It was a pretty tough two hours for us. The re-start? Sebastian accelerated and braked for the right-hander and I just didn’t expect that, such a speed difference. So I hit the brakes, locked up and just missed the rear of his car, because that would have been quite embarrassing. But we got through it and yeah it’s a good second place. I’m reasonably happy with that. We all want to win, but you can’t win them all.”
Jenson Button told reporters that a second place finish at Singapore sort of made it up for the miseries he faced at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza.
Jenson Button, who won the World Championship in 2009, was disappointed by Lewis Hamilton’s premature exit from the race. The 32-year-old Briton told reporters that McLaren recognized the week as “disappointing” in spite of his victory, which is understandable because Lewis Hamilton could have strengthened his title hopes by winning the race. Presently, Lewis Hamilton is third place in the Drivers Standings with 142 points to his name.
In spite of Lewis Hamilton’s lack lustrous exit, Jenson Button remained positive and asked fans and media to have faith after all McLaren had a “very good car”.
“… For us as a team to have another failure this weekend is disappointing,” Jenson Button said. “The important thing for us is we have a very good car. I think the team are doing a fantastic job and it seems that every race we go to we really do have a chance of winning so that’s important to us.”