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Gracious Button applauds Webber victory

The 32-year-old Briton was forced to retire after damaging his McLaren in a collision, partly caused by his own frustration, with Finn Heikki Kovalainen's Caterham car in the closing stages of the 78-laps race.
Sunday, May 27, 2012

MONTE CARLO, Monaco, May 27, 2012 (AFP) - Jenson Button shrugged off his own disappointment and congratulated friend and rival Mark Webber after a miserable Monaco Grand Prix for him ended in an early exit on Sunday.

The 32-year-old Briton was forced to retire after damaging his McLaren in a collision, partly caused by his own frustration, with Finn Heikki Kovalainen's Caterham car in the closing stages of the 78-laps race.

He said: "If someone places their car well and has good exits - from corners -- its very difficult. That's part of racing, but it's so frustrating when you are so much faster than the car in front.

"It's just one of those things. It comes from a bad qualifying and being unlucky at the start.

"We were more prone to incidents. It was a tough afternoon but congratulations to Mark, he's a good lad and it obviously livens up the championship.

"Hopefully we'll have our day soon."?

Button's retirement brought a disappointing weekend to a miserable end.

After the false dawn of being fastest in Thursday morning's opening free practice session, he fell away from the pace of the front running cars.

He was unable to recover in qualifying and missed the cut to the top ten shootout and then lost track position at the start, due to the first corner carnage.

As a result, he found himself stuck behind Kovalainen, but failed to pass him and, in the end, struck him in one failed move that left him spinning out of the race.

After winning the season-opening race and finishing second in the third event in China, Button has struggled to to score points -- he has managed just two in three races and slipped to seventh in the drivers' championship

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