Button was glad not to reach the podium in Australia
McLaren driver takes blame for choice of tyres in Malaysia
Jenson Button chose a quiet afternoon in Malaysia to speak about his emotional turmoil in the aftermath of the Australian Grand Prix, in which he had to come to terms with being without the reassuring presence of his father.
John Button, a popular figure in the F1 paddock, died in January, aged 70. His son finished fourth in Australia two weeks ago, later upgraded to third because of Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification. But he was relieved not to be part of the champagne-spraying jamboree on the podium. "Looking back, I think it was a good thing that I wasn’t on the podium," he said.