"I clinched the title here in 2009 but lost it today. I'm still world champion, though," said Jenson Button calmly about his failed attempt to defend his crown. After the Brazilian Grand Prix, only Lewis Hamilton still has a mathematical chance of clinching the title. "Lewis can still emerge the victor, but only if some misfortune should befall the top three. It's going to be tough for him," said Button.
"I'm out of contention now but I put on a good show today and can leave the world championship battle with my head held high." After an unsatisfactory qualifying, Button did his best in the race with a P5.
He can approach Abu Dhabi's season finale and the winter break that follows in a happy frame of mind: "It's been a great season. I've won races and been on the podium a few times. It's all good practice for next season. I hope we'll be in a position to contest the world championship again next year. McLaren are a brilliant crew. I don't think there's a better team."