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Jenson Button is delighted with McLaren's resurgence

McLaren's Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton

Highlights - Canadian Grand Prix

Jenson Button insists that his second place in the drivers' standings is better than he could have wished for at this stage of the season.

World champion Button was second to Lewis Hamilton in the last two races and lags his team-mate by three points.

But Button is delighted with McLaren's position, especially given Red Bull's pace advantage in the early races.

"If you had told me before Turkey we would be in our position, it would have been quite hard to believe," he said.

Going into the race at Istanbul Park, the Red Bulls of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel were tied at the top of the standings on 78 points, eight ahead of Button and 19 clear of Hamilton.


But successive one-two finishes have reversed the order, with Hamilton on 109 points, three clear of Button, while Webber is a further three back and Vettel 19 behind the leader.

And Button is delighted with the turnaround, even if he has played second fiddle to Hamilton.

"The Red Bulls have been quick, but then it's been a very mixed season so far, with different people at the front," he added.

"But with two one-two finishes, yes, I'd have been surprised.

"Naturally, with those one-twos, I'd rather have been in front, but I haven't been, yet I've still picked up some really good points.

"We're eight races in and there are just three points between us, so it's looking fantastic.

Jenson Button

Button delighted with second place

"To have won the world championship last year, to have moved teams, and now be racing alongside Lewis and fighting for the championship again, is a great feeling for me.

"I've had a good season so far, but there's more to come."

Button also admitted that finishing second to Hamilton in Canada was probably as good as he could have hoped for.

"In qualifying he was quick. I couldn't get near him in Q3," said Button.

"He is quick anyway, but on that circuit he is a specialist, yet for me the race was a great one.

"To finish just behind Lewis after starting from fourth, I was really happy with that."

Hamilton, meanwhile, has admitted that winning this season will be a harder task than when he clinched the 2008 title.

Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton delighted after 'sensational' win

"In past years there have been different demands, such as in 2007 when traction control made things a little easier," the 25-year-old said.

"Back then there were also only three drivers to compete against, but now there are a good, strong six or seven.

"It is phenomenal how competitive it is this year, and you have to be at your best at all times, and I love that.

"Before you had to be good. You could be good and get away with it, but now you have to be at your best to be ahead of these guys."

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