Button hoping history repeats itself after Australian Grand Prix victory

Button hoping history repeats itself after Australian Grand Prix victory

Jenson Button rekindled memories of his title-winning campaign of 2009 with a season-opening victory in today's Australian Grand Prix.

Button took the chequered flag that year in Melbourne, then with Brawn GP, and went on to claim his maiden crown in glorious fashion.

Three years on and Button was again triumphant in Melbourne for McLaren, romping to his third success Down Under in the past four years and the 13th win of his Formula One career.

Despite a safety car event two thirds of the way through the 58-lap race, Button was relatively untroubled, finishing 2.2 seconds clear of reigning double world champion Sebastian Vettel, with Lewis Hamilton third.

If you believe in omens five of the past six winners of this race have gone on to win the world title.

Savouring his latest success Button said: "As we all know every win means a lot, and for us as a team it shows how important the winter is

"We've had a strong winter, so it's nice to come away with a victory. The guys back in the factory in Woking have done a fantastic job.

"This will help them push harder so a big thank you to everyone. It's a fantastic day."

Vettel appreciated the safety car probably aided his cause as he said: "We would have had a good shot at it anyway even without that, but surely it did help a little.

"Congratulations to Jenson, he drove a fantastic race, he was unbeatable today.

"But I'm very happy with second, it's good points and a lot of people would not have thought this possible after yesterday."

Hamilton naturally looked downcast as he said: "Congratulations to Jenson and McLaren.

"But we've plenty more races ahead, so I'll just have to keep my head down.

"This was a tough race, but quite a positive to come here with good pace, and we can build on that."

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