Jenson Button believes that his shock move to McLaren has been vindicated by his strong start to the 2010 campaign.
The British driver moved to the Woking-based team after winning the drivers’ world title with Brawn last season – a decision which was met with mixed views by many within the Formula One world.
However, the 30-year-old has proved his doubters wrong this season, with an impressive points haul which leaves him a mere three points off the top of the drivers’ championship.
Subsequently, Button believes that this proves that he was right to trust his instincts at the end of last year.
“I think it really justifies my decision to join McLaren at the start of the year,” the reigning F1 World Champion told his website.
“I know there were some people who were openly questioning that decision, and my motivation for moving, but I think I’ve shown that it was the right move.
“One of the motivating factors was being able to watch – from the outside – how much performance the team was able to bring to last year’s car, transforming it from a backmarker into a race winner.
“That really struck me, because it not only showed how much development power is available to them, but also how hungry they were to chase performance, particularly when it would have been easier to knock it on the head quite early on and focus on 2010. That racer’s approach really excited me.
“I always said that I was looking for a new challenge, and that’s exactly what I’ve got: it’s exciting to be working and racing alongside Lewis, and it’s a real buzz to be the World Champion and to be fighting for the Championship again.”
Button is also relishing this season’s close racing and hopes that it will continue.
“Being in the thick of it is exactly what being a racing driver is all about. This is an incredible season – and we should all really enjoy it.
“And that really struck me after the race on Sunday – in the press conference, you had three World Champions on the podium – when was the last time that happened? And it makes you realise what an incredible field we have this year.”