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Whitmarsh: Button silences critics

Outstanding Jenson thrashes the field in Spa

Last Updated: 02/09/12 4:28pm

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McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh believes Jenson Button has silenced his critics with a "faultless" lights-to-flag victory at the Belgian GP.

Having started the weekend dismissing suggestions that he ought to play second fiddle to Lewis Hamilton's title bid, Button ended it with one of the most impressive displays of his career - and a victory that has seemingly propelled the 2009 World Champion back into the title-race equation.

"To be honest he was cruising for most of that, looking after the car and looking after the tyres. Absolutely faultless. Just a dominant, faultless display," enthused Whitmarsh to Sky Sports F1 as he celebrated Button's victory.

Button has endured - and sometimes enjoyed - a topsy-turvy season. Having won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, the Englishman subsequently endured a sharp slump in form, but bounced back in spectacular style at Spa as he led from start to finish on a one-stop strategy.

"He has just reminded all of those who were writing him off just a few races ago what a great driver he is. A fantastic result and a great job by the team," added the jubilant McLaren Team Principal.

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