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Selasa, 09 Juni 2009

BUTTON: THAT WAS THE BEST YET


Source: www.planet-f1.com

Jenson Button has hailed Ross Brawn's BGP001 after the car helped him seal his place in F1's history books when he became the fifth driver to win six of the opening seven races to a season.

The run-away Championship leader was up against history as the Turkish GP got underway on Sunday afternoon as never before had a driver not starting from pole position won the race.

That statistic, though, did little to hamper Button.

The Brit took the lead of the grand prix on the opening lap, sliding by Sebastian Vettel after the Red Bull racer's mistake left a gap. And after that it was all Button as he strolled to victory, leading the way by a massive 20s as he crossed the line to start the final lap.

"Today the car was the best it has been this year," said a delighted Button. "We have been quick on other occasions but the car was loose and not suiting my style. I have to thank everyone, it just keeps getting better.

"I don't know if this circuit suits us more than other. The car was fantastic today and I wish I could have had all the boys of the podium."

Button, however, almost didn't have it all his own way as Vettel, on a three-stop strategy, easily closed the gap between the two drivers in the middle stint of the grand prix.

But despite caught hand over fist, Button says he knew Vettel's strategy wouldn't be enough to stop him claiming his sixth win of the season.

"It was okay, I knew that he was going short," Button said. "We knew what lap he was going to stop on. It is still not a very nice feeling to see a car catch you eight tenths a lap.

"Today we were a step ahead and it is a nice feeling."

Brawn GP's dominance this season saw Button equal a record set by F1 legends Alberto Ascari, Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Clark and Michael Schumacher when he took the chequered flag in Turkey.

It also has given the Brit a 26-point lead in the Drivers' standings, heading into the next race of the Championship, the British GP, Button's home race.
"The British GP is always special even when times have been tougher. Leading the championship by 26 points is quite a nice feeling and I am looking forward to it very much," he said.

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