Formula 1 News

Button surprised by Vettel bravery

The Briton finished fourth a after the German took the best out of a long good battle.
Sunday, November 4, 2012

ABU DHABI, Nov 4, 2012 (AFP) - Jenson Button said he was surprised by world champion Sebastian Vettel's brave passing move to take third place from him in Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The 25-year-old German drove his Red Bull car round the outside of Briton Button's McLaren into Turn 11 with four laps to go in the thrilling 55-laps race.

The move completed Vettel's charge from the back of the field after his Red Bull was disqualified from qualifying for a fuel infringement to a podium finish.

Button said: "It was very brave of him. If I'd locked up and run wide, we would've crashed. It was a very unusual move. I didn't expect that."

He added: "It was quite a fun race, but at no point did I have the pace.

"I really struggled. It was very different to my Friday run. I just couldn't find the grip. It was really, really strange.

"Obviously the car is working because Lewis has been very, very quick all weekend."

McLaren now trail Ferrari by 22 points in the battle for second place in the constructors' championship with two races remaining.

Button added: "With Lewis's problem, we've lost more points to Ferrari. That's a pity... We've just got to make sure we have two big races now."

Jenson Button during the 2012 Abu Dhabi GP.

Your Comments

Next F1 Race

Malaysia
Mar 30
Malaysia
F1plusStore

F1 Standings

Drivers
Teams
1 Nico Rosberg 25
2 Kevin Magnussen 18
3 Jenson Button 15
4 Fernando Alonso 12
5 Valtteri Bottas 10
6 Nico Hülkenberg 8
1 McLaren 33
2 Mercedes 25
3 Ferrari 18
4 Williams F1 10
5 Sahara Force India 9
6 Scuderia Toro Rosso 6

View complete standings table »

F1plusStore

Last F1 Race

Australian Grand Prix
Melbourne, Albert Park Lake
1
Nico Rosberg
Mercedes
2
Kevin Magnussen
McLaren
3
Jenson Button
McLaren
Fastest Lap

Nico Rosberg
1'32.478s

Pole Position

Lewis Hamilton

View all »

Follow Us