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."