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Button hopes to put Vettel in his place
Jenson Button is hoping Sebastian Vettel will become accustomed to the sight of seeing a McLaren ahead of him this season rather than in his mirrors.
Vettel's statistics over the last two years en route to winning back-to-back Formula One world titles are extraordinary. From 38 races, the Red Bull driver qualified on pole 25 times, was on the front row of the grid a total of 32 occasions overall, won 16 races and was on the podium at a further 11, but Vettel was forced to settle for being distinctly second best in Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.
And when told that Vettel disliked the McLarens giving him such a hard time, Button said: "Hopefully he'll get used to it. It's great for the sport the Red Bulls weren't on the front row. Since Monza (the Italian Grand Prix) 2010 there had been a Red Bull on the front row, but we pushed them off."
He added: "That's important for the sport, although you can never discount them. They are always there."
From the first all-British front row for 17 years, and McLaren's first for two-and-a-half years, Lewis Hamilton claimed his 20th pole, edging Button in qualifying.
However, Button dominated the race itself after overtaking Hamilton into the first corner, leading for 57 of the 58 laps, with Vettel describing him as "unbeatable".
If Button is a fan of omens, the winner in Australia in five of the last six seasons has gone on to clinch the title, including Button himself in 2009, although the 32-year-old is also the one anomaly in 2010.
Informed of the stat after his 13th race victory, Button added: "That sounds great doesn't it? I hope it is the case again, but you can't get carried away.
"But to win here at the start is great for me and motivates the whole team, not that they really need it.
"I'm in a great place with the team, I feel so at home in the car and it's something that gives me a lot of confidence."