Hamilton delighted but Button downcast at Monza
9 September 2012 – Sunday brought a bittersweet Italian Grand Prix for McLaren. Although the team won at Monza for the first time since 2007, it was unable to replicate that year’s one-two finish as Jenson Button pulled off the circuit with a fuel pick-up problem.
“Winning at Monza is one of the greatest experiences of my Formula 1 career,” he says. “I absolutely love this place - I’ve been coming to Italy to race since I was 13 years old and I just love the culture, the food and the people. Our car has been fantastic all weekend and it was nice to have a relaxed Grand Prix with no troubles. I was cruising at the end but, once I heard that Sergio (Pérez) had got past Fernando (Alonso), I had to push a little.”
Button was less pleased, having stopped on the entry of the Parabolica.
“I don’t entirely know what caused my car to stop – I’m told it was a fuel system problem that we’re still investigating. The engine cut out and I had to coast to a stop. These things happen.”
Hamilton now becomes Fernando Alonso’s closest challenger in the Drivers’ Championship. McLaren is just 29 points behind Red Bull for Constructors’ honours.