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GP Week : Issue 215
unsure whether this would in fact be his last F1 race, Jenson Button again delivered the best his McLaren could really offer: "That was tough! I think we made the best of what we had this evening: in terms of strategy, we did the right thing, but we never really had enough pace to attack the cars in front. so, fifth was as good as it was going to be. Getting the maximum from the car is all that can be asked of a racing driver, and I think I've proved this year that I'm still at the top of my game [hint, Ron, hint]. "since it's the last race of the season, I 'd like to say a huge ' thanks' to Tom [stallard] and Bernie [Collins], my two race engineers, who've done a fantastic job this year, as have all my mechanics. The whole team has been so supportive, which is lovely. "It's been a good day for me, but a much better day for my old team buddy Lewis. Winning two world titles is an absolutely amazing achievement. Congratulations to him – he deserves it. I'm sure tonight will be fun – I 'll celebrate a good end to the year with my family." Team boss eric Boullier summed up both drivers’ days: "Jenson drove a strong race, securing a fine fifth place by the finish, having managed his tyre wear consummately all afternoon despite enjoying a spirited dice with Fernando at around half-distance. "On a different strategy, having sustained a degree of car damage during first-lap contact with Adrian, Kevin kicked off his race with a long stint on the Prime, during which he also battled Fernando, holding him of f capably for many laps. Kevin eventually pitted on lap 21, and, on Options, proceeded to manage his tyre wear almost too well, for his rubber was still in good fettle at the end of that stint; in hindsight, perhaps we should have instructed him to push a bit harder, which he easily could have done, but it's easy to say that after the event and, any way, that's racing. "In his final stint, back on Primes, Kevin's pace was good again, but it was too late to make much difference and unfortunately he ended up 11th.” Solong#2– maybe, maybe not ... 33 GPWEEK.com // 33 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> ABU DHABI PARTNERS: