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Mixed emotions as Button promoted to podium in Melbourne

Mar 17, 2014, 11:31 AM EDT

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There were several story lines of note that came out of the result change when Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified from second place in the 2014 Australian Grand Prix.

One of them we haven’t hit up to this point on MotorSportsTalk is the guy actually promoted to the podium as a result of the disqualification, McLaren’s Jenson Button.

Rookie teammate Kevin Magnussen has received a lot of virtual ink this offseason and especially after his debut, but Button shaded him throughout the race.

Once promoted, Button unfortunately did not have the chance to celebrate on the podium due to the lateness of the decision to DQ Ricciardo.

It would have been a nice touch after the loss of his father John this winter, who was a fixture at all but one of Button’s 248 prior Grands Prix. Button carried a tribute on his helmet.

Jenson did have some happier news with his engagement to longtime girlfriend Jessica Michibata also during the offseason.

“I’ll be honest: this weekend has been an emotional one for me, and the support I’ve had has been absolutely brilliant,” said Button, via the UK’s Mirror.

“That being the case, it would have been a real bonus if I could have celebrated my third place from the podium, alongside Nico [Rosberg] and Kevin [Magnussen].

“But I really feel for Daniel, who drove a great race in his first race for his new team, in front of his home crowd.”

For Button, the podium is the 50th of his career and his first Australian podium that wasn’t a race win, after three prior triumphs there in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

And for McLaren, the double podium is already two more than they had last year. With 33 points, they lead the Constructor’s Championship heading to Malaysia in two weeks.

Here were Jenson’s tweets after the race:

  1. bradstracks - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Why did we NOT get to see the first pits stops of the F1 season?!?!? (When Button went from 9th to 6th)

  2. photog645 - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    An open letter to Jenson:

    Sorry about the passing of your father, Jenson. I lost my father and I know how that feels. I have rooted for you since you first broke into Formula 1, including all of those years that you had crap cars to drive. I was very glad for you in 2009 when you won the World Driving Championship. It seems that the media does not report on your situations at anywhere near the “volume” that it does for other drivers in the series. I find that very strange, since it is my belief that only Alonso and Hamilton exhibit the race pace that you have on any given day, and that includes Vettel! I hope you have a great season this year and that you end up winning your second championship. I believe that you have several good seasons left in you career, but I don’t know who I will root for after your retirement. You are a gentleman and a credit to the sport! Good luck in your marriage to Jessica. She seems to be a fine young woman.

    A Fan

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