Button bemoans Singapore traffic

Date published: September 25 2011

Jenson Button was left frustrated with the traffic in Singapore after they held him up while he was chasing Sebastian Vettel…

Jenson Button was left frustrated with the traffic at the Singapore GP after they held him up during the closing stages of the race and forced him to settle for second place behind Sebastian Vettel.

Button was trailing Vettel by more than 10 seconds before his final pit stop for fresh rubber on lap 49. By lap 59 he had managed to bring the gap down to 3.7s but then encountered traffic and the gap was back to 5.6s a lap later, forcing him to give up the ghost. He eventually finished 1.7s behind Vettel.

The former World Champion said that although he has some degree of sympathy for the drivers battling for position during the latter stages of the race, they have to yield to those who are in front of them.

“I can understand that’s it’s difficult to move over here and most people are fighting out there but the backmarkers have got to respect that the cars that are lapping are lapping for reason,” he said.

“So yeah, there were some frustrating moments. One was [Kamui] Kobayashi when I sat behind him for a lap before he eventually pulled over.”

The 31-year-old started third on the grid and concedes second place is the “best we could have hope for”.

“I feel like I got everything out of the car,” he said. “Especially in the last part of race, I was able to push on tyres to see what the car had. We weren’t quick enough to win today but it’s something to build on.”

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