It looks like this season could be interesting. Button has started well this season, although his team has their work cut out, to surpass the engine of Renault. At long last, the team orders have been banned and also the decision to allow tyre changes again, will result in more interesting races.
After qualifying second on the grid on Saturday, Button had harboured hopes that he might make another career breakthrough at the track outside Kuala Lumpur.
In the event he had to settle for another podium to take his points total to 11, equal with Schumacher and seven behind Alonso.
"We want to be winning races and so just being on the podium is disappointing," said Button.
"But I think these two have proved just how quick the Renault is, especially around this circuit, and that is what we have got to try and achieve and we are just not quick enough at the moment," Button said.
"Joint second or third in the championship is not too bad, but we've got a bit of work to do," he added.