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  Sunday, 17 March, 2002, 11:31 GMT
Button buoyed by fourth
Jenson Button lost third place in Malaysia with a suspension failure
A disappointed Button walks back to his garage
Jenson Button has put a brave face on losing a podium finish on the last lap of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The British Renault driver was heading for third place in Sunday's race when his rear suspension failed with two laps to go.

He was passed by world champion Michael Schumacher on the last lap.

Button said: "Fourth is a good position, but we deserved a little bit more.


The car has been working really well all weekend
Jenson Button

"I was 12 seconds in front of Michael and would have been an easy third, but starting the second to last lap I noticed there was a problem.

"I did the rest of the lap practically on three wheels. I could feel the car was touching the ground."

"If we were running fourth all the way through and finished fourth I would be really happy but when a podium was definitely on the cards it is a little bit disappointing. It was just a failure that cost us."

Button started this season needing to re-establish his reputation after a disappointing first year with the Benetton-Renault team.

But he said that he was expecting some good results in 2002.

'Competitive'

"I wouldn't say I'm surprised - the car has been working really well all weekend," Button said on BBC Five Live.

"It shows how hard all the team have worked this winter - it's good to get some points so early in the season."

He said that he thought Renault, which bought Benetton in 2000 and has renamed the team, might be challenging for wins later in the year.

"I think it will be a very competitive year. Williams, McLaren and possibly us will be pushing Michael Schumacher for wins this year," Button said.

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