Button, Perez enthuse over battle

By on Sunday, September 7, 2014
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Sergio Perez and Jenson Button expressed their satisfaction after the pair conducted a race-long battle for position at the Italian Grand Prix.

Perez and Button traded places several times, with the Mexican eventually prevailing to collect seventh position for Force India.

"The race was a lot of fun," he said. "We were always fighting somebody and always pushing hard. It was great racing and it’s good to score important points for the championship.

"The most important part of the race was the fight I had with Jenson, which was really nice and reminded me of the old days. I know he is a driver that you can fight really hard and it’s always clean. At the end of the race with Kevin [Magnussen], I knew he had a penalty and there was no need to attack him. It meant I could focus on keeping Jenson behind me, which was not easy."

Button admitted that he hoped for better than eighth place but revelled in his battle with a former team-mate.

"This wasn’t the result I was after – but the was good fun nonetheless," he said. "It’s just a pity that we didn’t quite have the race pace we’d hoped for: when you start fifth and sixth, you’re not just looking for a points finish, you want a bit more than that.

"If we’d had a clear run, I think we could have done a bit better – but, in the traffic, it was easier for the cars around us to pick us off than it was for us to pick them off.

"I had an amazing battle with Checo – we took the first Lesmo side by side, which doesn’t happen very often. It’s a pity I couldn’t get past him – I tried so many times – but he was so strong under braking that to match him into the turns I was locking up the fronts and the rears, which left me struggling for position on the exits."


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