'Hamilton had the upper hand' - Button
17 March 2012 – Jenson Button has conceded that his McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton did a better job in Melbourne on Saturday, the latter claiming pole position for the opening race of the season. Despite a much improved second flying lap, Button failed to steal the top spot after a mistake on the run up to Turn 14.
"Congratulations to Lewis and they’ve whole team, they’ve done a very good job this winter and I think we’ve proved that today," Button explained during the post-qualifying press conference.
"The lights haven’t gone out yet but this is a great first result for us on a Saturday. It’s looking like it’s going to be a very close season. Lewis had the upper hand; I tried my hand but it wasn’t quite good enough."
Button has won two of the last three Australian Grands Prix, having triumped in 2009 and 2010, while Sebastian Vettel emerged as the winner last year.
Further post-qualifying feelings from McLaren:
- Whitmarsh thrilled with front row result
- Hamilton 'massively proud' of McLaren