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Last Updated: Sunday, 21 March, 2004, 09:12 GMT
Button enjoys first podium
Jenson Button celebrates on the podium in Sepang
1 M Schumacher (Ferrari)
2 JP Montoya (Williams)
3 J Button (BAR)
4 R Barrichello (Ferrari)
5 J Trulli (Renault)
6 D Coulthard (McLaren)
7 F Alonso (Renault)
8 F Massa (Sauber)
Jenson Button paid tribute to his BAR team after claiming the first podium finish of his career with third place at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

"It's amazing. It's as much the team's moment as it is mine. They have worked so hard," said the British driver.

"This is not the pinnacle of what we want to achieve but it is a step in the right direction.

"I touched wheels with Jarno Trulli after the start and that was worrying but everything felt fine after that."

Button added: "There are no words to describe the feeling of your first podium and this has been a long time coming. It is as much for the team as me. They are ecstatic, so am I. It is the high of my career."

BAR team boss David Richards said Button fully deserved his first top-three finish, which came in his 68th Grand Prix.

"He's done a superb job at one of the toughest races of the year. He's driven absolutely perfectly," said Richards.

"It's a great day for him and his first podium is well deserved. We've had a great start to the season and we have got to keep working at it now."

McLaren's David Coulthard, the only other British driver on the grid, said: "Jenson has been close to getting a podium for quite a while and it's a great day for him and his family.

"I'm very happy for him and I look forward to joining him for a drink from his bottle of champagne."




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