Button: "I don't think Vettel's a liar"



A third win of the season and a fifth podium in a row: for Jenson Button, victory at Suzuka felt almost as good as a home win at Silverstone: "It was a tough race – the last five or six laps were extremely difficult. I had to be careful with my tyres and conserve fuel – it was an amazing win."

Yet at the start, it didn't look like it was going to be the Englishman's day. "As I saw it, Sebastian [Vettel] was a bit more forceful than necessary at the start," said Button. "I got off the line well, while Seb didn't. I think he noticed that straightaway and moved across."
Button tried to counter: "I used as much KERS as possible to attack on the inside, but he just kept coming across. I thought he would stop at some point, but he didn't." Instead, Button ran out of track: "I hit the grass and had to back off, otherwise there would have been a massive accident at the first corner."

Vettel's view of the start: "I didn't push him onto the grass. At first, I thought that I'd had a very good start. I knew it wasn't perfect, but I knew it was good because I was pulling away from Lewis." This made him think that, with Button being on the dirty side, the other McLaren wouldn't have had a good start either: "So I moved to the right - that's instinctive when you start from pole."

Button was surprised to hear that Vettel might not have seen him: "He said he didn't see me until I backed off. So I lost a place, but it was quite nice, to fight my way back. Two drivers will always have differing opinions on an incident, but I'm going to take his word for it because I don't think he's a liar. In the heat of the moment, I expected a penalty. After such a good start, losing a place was very frustrating." Which then made his ultimate victory all the sweeter.
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during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan.
during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan.
during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan.
during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan.
during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan.
SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 09: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing runs down the pitlane to celebrate with his team mates after finishing third to secure his second F1 World Drivers Championship during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan.
during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan.
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