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Button: Hard work paying off

Sunday 18-March-2012 08:54

Jenson Button paid tribute to everyone at Woking after he got McLaren's 2012 campaign off to a dream start with victory at the Australian Grand Prix.

The 32-year-old started second on the grid next to Lewis Hamilton, but he beat his team-mate into the first corner and then settled back and controlled the race after that. He finished 2.1s ahead of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel with Hamilton claiming the final podium position.

Button feels it is a case of what you put in during pre-season testing is what you get during the season for McLaren as they had a very strong winter.

"Every win means a lot. As a team, the win shows how important the winter is. We've had a strong winter and yesterday we showed that in qualifying," he said.

"It's nice to come away with victory in the first race of the new season. The guys have done an amazing job this winter. This win will definitely help them push hard in the extra hours their doing for that extra part. A big thank you to everyone at Woking for this victory. It's a pretty amazing day."

Button was given a bit of a challenge on lap 39 when the Safety Car was deployed, but he once again came through the test with flying calls as he easily moved away from Vettel.

"I was a little bit on edge [at the Safety Car restart] but I was able to keep heat on tyres and save a lot of fuel, which was important for us today," the 2009 World Champion said.

"Then the team said 'push as hard as you can for two laps after restart' and I was happy to be able to do that."

As for the season ahead, Button feels we are in for a "very special year".

"I think we all think this is a very special year in Formula 1, having six World Champions and so many competitive teams. It's great to see Formula 1 is in a great place at the moment."

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