Jenson Button ended the 2012 season as he started it, adding his success in Brazil to the ones he scored in the opening race in Australia and in Belgium in August.
Famous for getting it right in wet/dry races, the McLaren driver didn’t put a foot wrong on a difficult day for all the drivers.
“It was one of the toughest races I’ve had,” said Button. “It was very tricky. It was on that point many times when you think Inters is the right tyre. I kept asking the team “what’s going to happen with the weather, it’s supposed to be light showers?”
“Well OK, we’ll see how we go but it was so, so difficult. You’re locking up tyres here and there, but you’ve just got to push to the limit. You have to wait for the team to give you the information about all the other people on Inters so it’s not just about driving the car at that point. You need every single piece of information that’s out there to know that you’re doing the right thing. But it was a really good race.”
Button’s life was made harder by the safety car, which cost him the advantage that both he and Nico Hulkenberg had built up by not pitting.
“I lost 40 seconds, the race was between me and Nico then. It was made a lot more difficult. And then when the safety car came in I grained the front-right tyre. I really struggled, but when that went away it was good. The two guys in front obviously had a coming together, which helped things but in that sort of race you never really know what the outcome is going to be. We still had a lot more rain coming.
“We still had to make the right call on the pit stop again, which I think we did, and then we just tried to hold the gap really to the Ferraris, which was about 20 seconds, which was difficult in itself, because there was so much water out there for inters.”
Button said he was happy to end the season on a high.
“We started the year so strong, and we’ve ended it so strong. Just a few areas that we need to improve in the middle of the season. It’s sad that Lewis isn’t here to enjoy his last race with the team, but it’s racing, and these things happen.
“I’d like to bid him farewell. We’ve had a good time together over the last three years and I think we’ve proved that on the first ten laps of the race with how close our fighting was. I hope he has a good career in his next team. Lastly, I’d like to congratulation Sebastian on his third title in a row. He’s very, very impressive so congratulations to him and also Red Bull for clinching the Constructors’ at the previous race.”