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GP Week : Issue 40
> F1NEWS> Button: Quick tyre decision won the day JENSON Button has celebrated his and BrawnGP’s second Formula 1 victory in as many weekends, as the F1 newboys continued to shake up the established order with a race victory born of brilliant driving and perfect strategy in the shortened, rain affected Malaysian Grand Prix. “What a crazy race,”said Button after the shortened race. “My start was pretty bad. I don’t think I’d got enough heat in the tyres and I had a lot of oversteer. But I went back to fourth, got up to third, eventually got back up to the front, and I was pretty happy with that – our pace was pretty good. Button, as many of his rivals, said that tyre choice had been nigh on impossible due to the constantly changing weather conditions in Sepang. “Choosing the tyres was very difficult, because normally here when it rains it pours, but it didn’t to start with. We went for the full wet tyre and it destroyed itself, and then I saw Timo (Glock) flying up behind us with the inter, so we put the intermediates on. “Just as he came by I saw his tyres were bald and it was raining out the back, so he was struggling quite a lot and had to pit. “I got one lap in on the inter at a reasonable pace and was able to get in and put the wet tyre on and get back in front.” As it happened, Button won the race in the pits, as the final race was classified from lap 31, on which he made his final stop, rather than lap 32 on which the race was red flagged. It was the second bizarre end to a race in as many weekends, as the Australian Grand Prix finished with a mad dash to the line after the final laps had been run behind the Safety Car. “ I have to say a massive thank you to my engineer Andrew Shovlin who was on the podium with me today and the whole team for their work on the strategy and in the pits. Last weekend we said that we had a fairytale start to the season and I am so proud that has continued here.” With half points awarded, Button now leads the drivers’championship on 15 points, from his team-mate Rubens Barrichello on 10 and Jarno Trulli on 8.5 points.