Button 'disappointed' with Rosberg decision

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Jenson Button was "disappointed" that Williams driver Nico Rosberg was not penalised for speeding under yellow flag conditions but feels the decision will not have a huge impact on his world championship bid.

Button finished eighth at yesterday's Japanese Grand Prix to pick up what could prove to be a crucial point having started 10th on the grid. Jaime Alguersuari's crash on lap 46 brought out the safety car and Rosberg was later investigated by stewards for speeding under yellow-flag conditions with safety car boards also displayed around the circuit.

If upheld, Rosberg could have been deprived of his fifth-place finish and Button and team-mate Rubens Barrichello – who finished seventh – would both have gained an extra point while Brawn would have clinched the constructors' title. However, the race stewards opted against a punishment for Rosberg. Button still has a 14-point cushion over Barrichello with just two races remaining but Sebastian Vettel thrust himself back into contention after the Red Bull driver dominated the race for a third win of the season.

Having been penalised himself yesterday for a similar infringement during qualifying, Button was his typical philosophical self following news of the Rosberg decision. "Always when you think someone has done something wrong and they don't get penalised, you're disappointed but it's not going to change anything massively I don't think. Life goes on," he said. "That's the decision. I don't know all the information while the FIA and the stewards, they have got all the information in front of them so whatever their decision, that's what it is.

"I had to make the laps count and I did, just like the last couple of races."