Briton Jenson Button described his victory for McLaren in the Japanese GP as one of his career highlights. "It's probably not as emotional as winning my home GP, but it's pretty close," he said. 

Button felt Vettel was too robust in defending his position on the run to the first corner, complaining to his team over the pit-to-car radio that the German should be penalised for forcing him to lose a position.

The two drivers shared an animated but amicable discussion about the start in the post-race press conference, and while Button was reluctant to pursue the matter, he said he was surprised by Vettel's forceful approach.