Jenson Button dedicated his third-place finish in yesterday’sAustralian Grand Prix to his Dad.
Button initially finished fourth at Melbourne’s Albert Park, three seconds behind new McLaren team-mate Kevin Magnussen.
But five hours after the chequered flag had fallen, Magnussen and Button were elevated up to second and third behind race winner Nico Rosberg in his Mercedes after Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was excluded for a fuel infringement.
Button’s father John, who passed away in January, had attended all but one of his son’s previous 249 grand prixweekends and the 34-year-old former world champion felt the result was a fitting one.
“Yesterday was a painful day because I wanted to do really well for him,” said Button.
“It’s been a tough weekend emotionally. I’m not the sort of person who likes to show it in front of a TV camera. I don’t think that’s right. So in the background it’s very, very tough for me but I’ve had the most amazing support from the paddock.
“My family, friends — it really does mean a lot.
“He’ll have a big smile on his face looking down and knowing everyone’s talking about him right now. He loved that.