Defending World Champion Jenson Button was summarily outclassed by his McLaren team-mate at the Bahrain GP in the crucial inter-team battle for supremacy in the all-British line-up.

Despite finishing in seventh place, Button admits he may have driven too carefully to conserve his tyres.

Perhaps he just never had the pace to begin with?!

Bahrain GP - Button Pitstop "I was a bit sad that we pitted when we did because I felt that I had looked after the tyres a little bit too much," Jenson told the BBC. "For the last five laps of the stint I was able to push and catch Webber and Michael and then Michael obviously pitted the lap before me, which helped him quite a lot, and he was able to pull away.

"I jumped Webber in the stops, which was great, and they were really good pit-stops by the guys; Lewis and I both jumped someone in our stops, which was great. Setup-wise, the car was okay but there’s a few little things I need to look for to make it a little bit more my style. It was a good first race – I’m very happy with it."

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.