Button takes away 'plenty of positives'
14 April 2013 – McLaren driver Jenson Button leaves the Shanghai International Circuit in high spirits after claiming a fifth place finish at the Chinese venue on Sunday, bouncing back from a costly retirement in the closing stages of last month's Malaysian Grand Prix.
The 2009 World Champion was part of the leading pack with Sauber driver Nico Hülkenberg and Red Bull rival Sebastian Vettel in the opening stages of the race, but drifted away from the podium positions as the varying tyre strategies unravelled.
"I’m very happy to have finished fifth today – and the team should be too," explained Button. "The race was always going to be tricky: we weren’t quick enough to adopt the same strategy as the others, so we had to run longer than the rest and make two pitstops, rather than three. For us, a two-stopper was the fastest way to the end of the race. It meant I had to let others past me and protect the tyres. If we couldn’t run to our target lap, it would’ve destroyed our race.
"I had to cruise when I’d normally fight the others. It’s not the most exciting way to go racing, but we got 10 points because we did it. We know we still have a lot of work to do to challenge at the front, but we can take a lot of positives away from this weekend."
In the sister McLaren, Sergio Pérez endured a more challenging day en route to 11th place, narrowly avoiding retirement after a Turn 6 clash with Kimi Räikkönen.