F1: Button's Hungar for victor

Jenson Button claims he can put the pressure behind him after finally winning his first grand prix.

Jenson Button claims he can put the pressure behind him after finally winning his first grand prix.

The Honda driver fought from 14th on the grid to win the Hungarian Grand Prix yesterday after an incident-packed 70 laps on a track sodden by morning rain.

Button took his time delivering the maiden win which seemed so certain when he made his debut as a precociously talented youngster in 2000, 113 races ago.

He quickly grew tired of being reminded, and hailed his brilliant win at the Hungaroring as a long-awaited release of pressure.

The 26-year-old said: "A lot of interviews I have read have said 113 grands prix and he still hasn't won a race - they are not going to happen again. That takes a big weight off my shoulders."

Not surprisingly, his battle from the lower reaches of the grid to a shock victory is comfortably his greatest achievement.

He paid tribute to his fans after their support saw him through troubled times earlier this season, particularly his embarrassing weekend on home soil at Silverstone.

"This is the best time of my career and I have to say a big thank you to my supporters during the really difficult time," he added.

"It's a really nice feeling to repay them for all their support over the years."

Button admitted Honda did not boast the best car on a day when front-runners Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen all retired.

But he praised the team for seizing the opportunity with both hands to finally end his quest for a win, in the most unexpected of circumstances.

He said: "We thought we had a chance of scoring good points but a podium (finish) was going to be difficult in dry conditions.

"In the wet our car worked very well and the strategy worked out for us.

"Everyone stayed calm and that was what won us the race - we didn't win through having the fastest car."

Button's stunning turn of pace on a drying track brought him on to Alonso's tail but the battle was soon won when a mechanical failure pitched the world champion into the tyre wall.

McLaren's Pedro de la Rosa was second, with BMW-Sauber's Nick Heidfeld third.

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