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Button: Caterhams cost us P5

Sunday 07-July-2013 16:06

Jenson Button was delighted to finish sixth in the German GP, but he feels he would have claimed P5 had the Caterhams not held him up.

Button started ninth on the grid with McLaren opting to focus on Sunday's race instead of qualifying. The strategy worked a charm as Button managed to mix it in the top five for most of the race.

However, he was held up by the Caterhams late in the day and that allowed Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, who was on a fresher set of rubber, to overtake him during the final few laps.

Button is convinced he would've held off Hamilton had it not been for the backmarkers.

"We got everything out of the car that we could," he said.

"The strategy was good. I was really hoping to get fifth, but the Caterhams destroyed the possibility. They're racing for position, but when they're blue flags, there are blue flags.

"It's a shame when it costs you so much. A pity but all in all, as a team we haven't put a foot wrong. Sixth is probably a bit better than we expected."

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