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Button: That was for dad

Jenson Button described as "emotional" his third-place finish in Sunday's Australian Grand Prix despite missing out on the podium celebrations.

Button initially finished fourth at Melbourne's Albert Park, three seconds behind a brilliant rookie drive from new McLaren team-mate Kevin Magnussen, who became the first Dane to claim a top-three spot in Formula One history.

But over five hours after the chequered flag had fallen, Magnussen and Button were elevated up to second and third behind race winner Nico Rosberg in his Mercedes after Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was excluded for a fuel infringement.

The race result is, however, only provisional until the conclusion of a Court of Appeal hearing in Paris on a date to be determined.

Given the difficulties of the weekend for Button, his first without father John who passed away in January and who had attended all but one of his son's previous 249 grand prix weekends, the 34-year-old felt the result was a fitting one.

"Yesterday was a painful day because I wanted to do really well for him," said Button.

"It's been a tough weekend emotionally. I'm not the sort of a person who likes to show it in front of a TV camera. I don't think that's right.

"So in the background it's very, very tough, but I've had the most amazing support from the paddock. My family, friends...it really does mean a lot.

"He'll have a big smile on his face looking down and knowing everyone's talking about him right now. He loved that."

Regarding his promotion up the race classification, Button added: "Obviously I'm pleased to have moved up to third, and it's good for Kevin he's up to second

"It would have been a real bonus if I could have celebrated my third place from the podium, alongside Nico and Kevin.

"But it's very positive we now have 33 points in the constructors' world championship, which is eight points clear of the next team."

Despite his own emotional difficulties over the weekend, Button was still able to offer a consoling word for Ricciardo.

The 24-year-old was beaming as he celebrated his runner-up spot in his first grand prix for Red Bull after being promoted from Toro Rosso as replacement for fellow Australian Mark Webber.

Hours later, however, the smile had gone, with Button adding: "I really feel for Daniel, who drove a great race in his first race for his new team, in front of his home crowd."