Jenson Button has claimed he is happy to have been promoted to third place in yesterday’s Australian Grand Prix after the disqualification of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo for a fuel feed problem, but says he ‘feels’ for the Australian.
Button crossed the line in 4th place after starting 10th, and missed out on the podium ceremony until he was told some six hours later he had been classified 3rd, with team-mate Kevin Magnussen promoted to 2nd.
“Obviously I’m pleased to have moved up to third, and it’s good for Kevin that he’s moved up to second. More important still, it’s very positive that we now have 33 points in the constructors’ world championship, which is eight points clear of the next team.”
However, Button expressed sympathy for Ricciardo, having experienced a similar situation himself; at the 2005 San Marino Grand Prix the Englishman – then driving for the BAR Honda squad – finished the race 3rd but was later stripped of his trophy for a fuel tank irregularity.
“…it would have been a real bonus if I could have celebrated my third place from the podium, alongside Nico and Kevin. But I really feel for Daniel, who drove a great race in his first race for his new team, in front of his home crowd.”
The 2009 World Champion also expressed his thanks to the McLaren team, who wore pink shirt badges across the weekend in a tribute to Button’s late father John, who passed away suddenly in January.
“I’ll be honest: this weekend has been an emotional one for me, and the support I’ve had has been brilliant.” said the Englishman.