When he promised his fans victories in 2004 the cynics laughed, asking how could Jenson Button win a race when he hadn't even made it to the podium. The Brit, though, took that step towards glory at Sepang when he finally made it into the top three with a brilliant drive.
The BAR driver claimed third place at the Malaysian GP to break his five-year deadlock. His podium visit also gave his fans and his father, who was at the racetrack, something to cheer and something to brag about. Although for Button it took away his ability - for once - to speak.
"There are no words to describe the feeling of your first podium and this one has been a long time coming," said Button. "It's a fantastic result for the team in only our second race of the season and I'm delighted for everyone - the team, Honda and all our partners - because they have worked so hard for this."
"It was a tough race but so enjoyable because we were very competitive. Everyone has done a great job over the winter and made such a good step forward. This really is a sign that BAR has some very exciting times ahead."
His team-mate Takuma Sato also gave Button's fans something to remember and it too was a heart-stopping moment. Lying in eighth place the Japanese driver suffered an engine failure just three laps from the end of the race and for a moment it appeared as if it was Button stranded on the side of the track. But it wasn't.
"Obviously it was extremely disappointing that we weren't able to finish the race with only three laps to go. The car was very strong and we had good race pace," he said. "I'm very happy for the team and we have shown today that there are some very exciting race performances to come from all of us."
Team boss Dave Richards is another who is very happy for his team and his young star. "Jenson and the team have worked very hard for this result, and to get his first podium in a straight fight with the best in F1 is real proof of how far we have come," he said.