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Jenson Button: Fifth at United States Grand Prix 'best result I could have had'

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: November 19, 2012

Jenson Button (3)

Jenson Button. Photo by Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

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Jenson Button said he couldn't be too disappointed with fifth overall in yesterday's United States Grand Prix after starting from 12th on the grid.

Button's qualifying session on Saturday was hindered by a throttle problem, and a tough start to the race at the new Austin circuit saw him back in 15th place at the end of the first lap.

But the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver, from Frome, said his car was working well as he clawed back ten places.

“Starting on the dirty side of the racetrack was very tough – I ended up 15th by the end of the first lap," said Button.

"So fifth was probably the best result I could have had. I had a lot of fun this afternoon, and fought a lot of good battles on my way through.

“There was lots of action and lots of overtaking – and most of it was very clean, which was good to see.

“Obviously, however, fifth place wasn’t the result I’d have ideally liked, but the car was working really well, and, with a better grid position, I could definitely have been right up there."

McLaren team mate Lewis Hamilton won the Grand Prix ahead of Sebastian Vettel in second.

It means the title race between Vettel and Fernando Alonso will go right down to the wire in Brazil next Sunday.

"Big congratulations to Lewis and the whole Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team," Button added.

“It was great to race in front of so many fantastically enthusiastic American fans – they looked like they really enjoyed themselves.

"Before we arrived here, we knew we were going to have to put on a good show, and I think we did just that. There was action and suspense all the way through, which is exactly what you need to create a great sporting spectacle.

“I really hope the US will now embrace Formula 1 at last.”

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