Button enjoys 'very clean' racing in Austin
19 November 2012 – Jenson Button was left encouraged by a range of 'good battles' during the United States Grand Prix, with the McLaren driver fighting back through the field after a poor start from the dirtier side of the grid. As team-mate Lewis Hamilton sealed victory in fine style, Button secured extra points with a fifth place finish.
"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. Still, big congratulations to Lewis and the whole Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team."
Button is now hoping that America will completely 'embrace' Formula 1:
"It was great to race in front of so many fantastically enthusiastic American fans, they looked like they really enjoyed themselves," he added. "Before we arrived here, we knew we were going to have to put on a good show, and I think we did 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."