Delighted Button: Winning this early is important
18 March 2012 – Jenson Button was thrilled to take victory in for the third time in Melbourne on Sunday, leading home Sebastian Vettel and McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton. The 2009 World Champion, admitting he was ‘all excited’ to draw alongside Hamilton on the run to Turn 1, out-braked his title predecessor before controlling the pace commandingly.
“That was very special and to start the year with victory is important,” he said. “I think this puts us in a great position, so a big thank you to everybody in the team. I’m very excited about Malaysia but not thinking about it too much right now – first, I will enjoy this with my friends and family, then turn my attention to Malaysia tomorrow.”
“When you’re leading by ten seconds it is great, but when the Safety Car comes out and it’s 6pm your tyre temperatures are soon lost, so that was a big worry,” the Frome man continued. “I managed to keep the heat in them and saved lots of fuel, so that was very important for us. I then got a good restart, which I was very happy about, and controlled the pace to the end of a pretty amazing day.”
The win is Button’s 13th in Formula 1, equalling the amounts of British compatriot David Coulthard and Alberto Ascari, World Champion of 1952 and 1953.