By Alex Kapadia
Jenson Button took his second consecutive Grand Prix victory of the season in what he described as a ‘crazy race’ which played havoc with tyres strategies.
The race had to be abandoned after 32 of the scheduled 56 laps due to the extraordinary weather conditions, which had also given the tyres even more of a crucial role than expected.
“What a crazy race,” said the Brawn GP driving ace, who had won the Australian Grand Prix behind the safety car last weekend.
“My start was pretty bad. I don’t think I’d got enough heat in the tyres and 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.
“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.”
Half points were awarded for the race, leaving Button on top of the standings with 15, five ahead of team-mate Rubens Barrichello, fifth today.
Meanwhile Toyota’s Timo Glock was delighted after his tyre gamble paid off and propelled him to third place. He had started third, slipped back to eighth on the opening lap and they powered his way back to a third-place finish after choosing to switch to intermediate at the first pit stop rather than full-wets.
Lewis Hamilton picked up a point for the McLaren team after he managed seventh position.