Date: 31st October 2011 at 12:42pm
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With Sebastian Vettel clinching the 2011 Formula One World Championship earlier this month, attention turns to who can claim to be ‘best of the rest’.

McLaren’s Jenson Button looks to be best placed to take this honour, with the 2009 F1 World champion once again coming second to Vettel, this time in India.

The result meant that he pulled a further 3 points clear of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso to take his lead to 13, with just 2 races remaining.

Mark Webber, is a further 6 points behind Alonso, whilst Hamilton’s seventh place finish leaves him trailing his team-mate by 38 points.

‘After this race, second place in the Drivers? championship is still possible, but it will be very difficult because McLaren is on great form at the moment, even if the gap is only 13 points.’ Alonso told formula1.com after the race.

McLaren officially claimed second place in the F1 Constructors World Championship, something that McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh was pleased with: ‘as a result of the 24 world championship points that he [Lewis Hamilton] and Jenson [Button] notched up today, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has now secured second place in the 2011 Constructors? World Championship. It?s always our aim to go one better than that – to win – and second isn?t good enough – but we?re pleased to have consolidated that position nonetheless.’