• McLaren drivers wound down differently after F1 exertions
• Button wore flippers, Hamilton saw Back To The Future
Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton spent their downtime rather differently after McLaren’s successful Australian Grand Prix.
Button, the winner, went swimming with penguins in Melbourne while the third-placed Hamilton watched films – including, perhaps symbolically for a man anxious to recapture his mojo, Back To The Future, parts one and two.
“I watched a few different movies, just whatever was on TV,” Hamilton said. “It was raining quite a lot. I just chilled, watched movies and did some training.”
A typically relaxed looking Button said: “I went swimming with penguins on Monday morning. The weekend really hit me about three o’clock on Monday.
“I spent two days in Melbourne, relaxing and looking back on the weekend. And it’s funny because every couple of minutes you think: ‘Oh, we won yesterday. That was nice.’ You go back to your business during the day and you just keep remembering little things about the race and the emotions you went through.
“My engineer, Dave Robson, was on very good form. He was chuffed to bits with the weekend and focusing on this weekend. But for me it’s the same. We look back at the last race and it was great but there’s still another of those 19 that we want to win.”