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GP Week : Issue 177a
33 GPWEEK.com // 33 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: Jenson Button overcame several intense on-track battles and treacherous weather conditions to take victory in an astonishing Brazilian Grand Prix. The Briton ensured that McLaren locked-out the front row of the grid in qualifying by going second fastest behind outgoing team-mate Lewis Hamilton and eventually took the initiative just as ever-deteriorating conditions prompted his chief rivals to pit for Intermediate tyres. Button and Force India’s Nico Hulkenburg bravely decided to remain on slicks until, with debris precariously positioned at various points of the circuit, the safety car was scrambled on lap 23. By this time Hulkenburg had snatched first place from Button’s grasp. Both lost track position to a resurgent Hamilton shortly after, although Button re-assumed the lead when an opportunistic move from Hulkenburg as the leaders negotiated backmarkers resulted in a collision and put a dejected Hamilton out of the race. "Everyone who took part in today’s race deserves respect – it was crazy out there,” said Button. "I had a lot of fun racing with Lewis, especially for the first ten laps. The Safety Car made life more difficult for us – we lost the 40-second buffer we’d built up – but then the rain really came down, and the race became all about choosing the best time to switch to the Inters. "Then the challenge altered, and it became all about nursing the car to the end. There was a lot of standing water about, especially where Paul [di Resta] had his accident. I’d been through there on the previous lap and had a big snap too, which was a pretty scary moment.” BUTTON CONQUERS INTERLAGOS F1 >>> BRAZIL