Melbourne: Jenson Button has hailed McLaren's strong start to the Formula One season in an "emotional" Australian Grand Prix just two months after the death of his father. The celebrated British marque finished the weekend on top of the constructors' standings, with Danish debutant Kevin Magnussen brilliantly placing second and Button third.
The results followed a season without any podium placings at all last year for McLaren, prompting an internal coup with team boss Ron Dennis returning to a more hands-on role. Both drivers were elevated by one spot after Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified from second place for a technical infringement. Mercedes' Nico Rosberg was the winner.
For Button, it was a triumphant finish to a difficult first grand prix without his father John, who was ever-present at his races but died suddenly in January. "It's been an emotional day for me, but it's been great to have my sister, my fiancee and lots of friends around me, so that definitely helped," Button said.