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Final slow pitstop cost the Chinese victory chance – Button

McLaren’s Jenson Button admits that the slow final pitstop cost him the Chinese Grand Prix victory from the winner Nico. 2009 world champion Jenson Button made a fantastic start and he jump ahead of Lotus F1’s Kimi Raikkonen and keep the third position. After the final slow pit he joins behind the mid-runner on sixth place, and few time he stuck in heavy traffic.

“I came to the marks [in the pits], but we had a problem at the rear of the car so I sat there for nine or 10 seconds, I think it was. It was a pity because when I exited the pits I had four cars in front of me,” said Button. “[They were] cars that I wouldn’t have been racing and I would have had a nice clear track to hopefully hunt down Nico.

“It was a big gap but you have to give it a go. All in all it was a fun day, a good race, good overtaking out there and nice with that issue to come away with some good points for second place.

“We made it harder for ourselves in the last stint with a long pitstop, but these things happen,” he added. It was a great race,” he said. “We went for a three-stop strategy which was different. It was really good fun even with the problem we had, but I am happy to come home second, it was a good fight and most of it very clean, which is good to see.

“When you are in front on the first few laps and the you drop into traffic… I knew we had traffic and I was picking them off nicely, but after the last pitstop it became more difficult.

“Kimi was leading the train and everyone was DRSing, so until Seb [Vettel] had a go at Kimi I couldn’t have a go at Seb. Overtaking Seb was the most fun of the race, or perhaps Romain Grosjean going through right hander onto the back straight.”

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