McLaren’s Jenson Button wins the 2012 British Competition Driver of the Year Award at the Autosport Awards in London.
He took three top podiums in this season, specially opening and final race, Australia GP, Belgian GP and Brazilian GP. Finally he finished fifth in the drivers’ championship just two points behind his team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
The Brit Lewis Hamilton achieved four wins in this season, Canada, Hungary, Italy and United States GP, also he set fourth place in drivers’ title. Especially he took seven Pole position in this season, but Jenson Button beat him.
Four-time IndyCar champion and triple Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti, 2012 World Touring Car champion Rob Huff, Force India F1 driver Paul di Resta and 2012 DTM runner-up Gary Paffett to win the award.
“It has been a very up and down year for us, but [winning in Brazil] was a great way to end the season and hopefully for all the guys working that’ll be good for 2013,” Button said, Autosport reported.
“I had so many angry Ferrari fans, but it was nice to make Christian [Horner] happy. I look forward to doing that again many times next year.”
Button sent compliment to leaving team-mate Hamilton, and admitted he was delight in the outlook of becoming McLaren’s most experienced driver and also extremely fast.
“For me the excitement of going to McLaren was obviously in racing for the team, but it was also racing against Lewis. He’s unbelievably fast.” Button said.
“I spent a lot of time with BAR and then Brawn, and I know they’re a great bunch of guys, so he will definitely have a lot of fun there.
“I love the role of being the experienced driver and that is definitely the case next year – I think I am the most experienced guy in F1 next year. Really looking forward to working with Checo [Sergio Perez] next year too, he has shown great speed and seems like he wants to learn, so it should be good fun.
“I think this year we’ve shown there is a real heart to this team. They are so passionate about motor racing, they’ve been around for decades and achieved so much. They are very professional but they also have a lot of fun fighting for victories. It’s a big family and I didn’t expect that when I got there.”
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