Jenson Button is pleased to have scored a point at Monza today in the Italian Grand Prix after very nearly missing the start due to a fuel leak.
Around an hour before the start of the race, Button’s MP4-28 was being tended to by the entire McLaren pit crew (including Sergio Perez’s engineers) due to a problem with the fuel system, with a similar issue preventing Nico Hulkenberg from making the start of the Australian Grand Prix in March. However, the team managed to solve the problem and get Button out in plenty of time for the start.
“I just want to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the guys in the garage today,” Button said after the race. “They had to really work hard to repair my car’s fuel system before the race, in record time, and they pulled out all the stops to get it all done. It was touch-and-go for a while, but they responded really well and did an incredible job.
“In a tight spot, they’re the best guys out there – and, once again, they were faultless today.”
In terms of pace, Button was pleased with how he ran given that McLaren have struggled to fight with the front-runners so far this season.
“In clear air, our pace was pretty good – but, with such a short top gear, especially with DRS deployed, we were hitting the rev-limiter while other cars weren’t being rev-limited.
“About 15 laps from the end, I locked up into the first corner and severely flat-spotted my front-right tire – I couldn’t really see a lot after that, because of vibration, but I still managed to bring it home and score a world championship point for the team.”
This weekend also saw McLaren hold their fiftieth birthday celebrations, and the team will be pleased to have scored at such a big race. Sergio Perez could not match his teammate’s result though, finishing twelfth after losing out to Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen late on.