Button enjoys playing 'long game' in Belgium
25 August 2014 – Jenson Button says he had "fun" en-route to an eventual sixth place finish in the Belgian Grand Prix.
Button started tenth in his McLaren, but "played the long game" by opting to make his second and final stop a bit later than his nearest rivals and at the end he was embroiled in a thrilling scrap with Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and team-mate Kevin Magnussen for fifth.
While Vettel and Magnussen both finished ahead, the latter was hit with a 20-second penalty post-race, dropping him to twelfth and promoting Button to P6.
"We played the long game in the race - most people were making their pit-stops early - and I felt I kept the tyres in good condition," explained Button, who stopped on laps 13 and 29.
"I also had a lot of fun out there, especially racing Kevin, Sebastian and Fernando at the end.
"In the final laps Kevin and I didn't touch, although I had to back off a bit at Turn Eight, when Fernando ran off as he and Kevin were dicing.
"I lost a place to Fernando there, which was a bit of a shame, and in turn a place to Sebastian after that, but as I say I really enjoyed it out there."