Button pleased to survive 'messy' race
25 May 2014 – McLaren's Jenson Button says he was pleased to survive a "messy" Monaco Grand Prix, but admitted to disappointment over his result.
The Briton, who started 12th, rose to sixth during the 78-lap encounter, narrowly failing to pass Force India rival Nico Hülkenberg after a mammoth battle in the closing stages.
"This was a typical Monaco Grand Prix – it was messy out there; people were making mistakes; there were cars all over the place; you had to stay focused; keep up with the pack, and look after the tyres, using them when necessary," said Button.
"For the entirety of my final stint, I looked after my tyres. Then it was just about pacing myself to the end. I couldn't quite get past Nico [Hulkenberg] at the end – he was struggling with his tyres, but whenever I pushed, I struggled as well, so I couldn't make it stick.
"This wasn't a bad result for us – I just wish I could have picked off Nico at the end."
Kevin Magnussen added another point to McLaren's total, reaching the chequered flag despite a near-miss with Jean-Éric Vergne after the Toro Rosso driver's unsafe release, a collision with Ferrari rival Kimi Räikkönen and a subsequent engine issue.
"Despite a lot of things going against us – the long hold due to traffic at my pit-stop, the unsafe release in front of me in the pit lane, and the engine issue – I can draw a lot from the fact that our car felt really good," he said.
"That's a real positive: it might be hard to see from the outside, but things are moving forward within the team."