Button looks for positives

Sunday 14-April-2013 10:40

Despite leading for much of the Chinese Grand Prix, Jenson Button believes that a fifth place finish is a good result.

Button's two-stop strategy meant that he headed the field for a large portion of the race only to fall down the pecking order once he pitted late on to move to the option tyres.

The McLaren driver eventually came home in fifth, 35 seconds off the pace of race winner Fernando Alonso.

"For me, it is quite strange because we led a lot of the race. We did well, we had to try something different because we knew we didn't have the pace to finish in the top five on a three or four stop strategy. We had to go long which was tricky with everyone jumping all over each other," Button said of the team's strategy.

"We couldn't block or fight people which was frustrating and is not the most exciting racing. But it's what we had to do and we came away with the 10 points. Fifth place is pretty good and we beat a Ferrari and a Lotus."

The result is a marked improvement for the Woking outfit, with ninth spot for Button in Australia and for Sergio Perez in the Malaysia their previous best performances.

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