Brazilian Grand Prix 2012: It was one of my toughest races – Jenson Button
Brazilian Grand Prix 2012: McLaren's Jenson Button admits it was one of the most testing races of his career after victory
Jenson Button admitted his victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix came after one of the “toughest” races of his career as the McLaren driver ended the season on a high at Interlagos.
The 32-year-old secured his third race win of the year after starting from second behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who is to join Mercedes from next season.
Button’s route to glory was cleared when Hamilton’s race was ended after a collision with Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg in difficult conditions.
“[It was] one of the toughest races I have ever had,” said Button, who finished fifth in the drivers’ standings, two points behind Hamilton.
“The conditions were very tricky and at that point many times where you think inters are the right tyre.
“You are locking up the tyres here and there. You just have to push to the limit and wait for the team to give you the info. It is not just about driving the car, you need all the info out there.
“It was a really good race, and things were made difficult with the first safety car. The race was between me and Nico then, so it was made a lot more difficult and when I came in I struggled.”
Button said that he was sad to see Hamilton forced to retire in his final race for the team. He added: “It’s sad that Lewis isn’t here to enjoy his last race with the team but that is racing and these things happen.
“I would like to bid him farewell. We had a good time together that last three years and we proved it in the first 10 laps when we had a good fight.”