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Button: You can't take it for granted


Jenson Button has again refused to cast his mind forward to a potential world championship title, despite taking a sixth win in seven races to start the 2009 Formula One season, but admits that he isn't likely to grow tired of climbing onto the top step of the podium.

Much has been made of the Briton's demeanour entering each grand prix weekend, when he gives off the air of thinking his streak of form may end at any moment, and he still genuinely appears to enjoy the moment he takes the chequered flag, as if it may be his last, so perhaps it is no surprise that he has set himself lofty goals for the rest of the season.

"I would love to win every single race this year," he admitted, "but I've got another 19 guys on the circuit who want to stop me doing that. You would say that the situation, at the moment, is perfect, but it could very easily go the wrong way.

"These guys can suddenly bolt something on that will bring them to our pace, or even quicker, so you can't take it for granted and you've got to keep pushing. You can't lift off and hope for the best, or try and take it easy. You still have to keep pushing. I've got a 26-point lead, which is just out of this world, but I'm still not going to lift off. I want to do the best job I can at every race I go to, and I'm still going to make every move that I possibly can to win every race. But I also know that that is not going to be easy. I will have a bad race this year and I will get beaten and it's being ready for that situation, I suppose."

Button's current points advantage will keep him at the top of the standings until Hungary at the earliest - and that run ending assumes that he fails to score between now and the end of July while one of his closest rivals sweeps the board - but the Briton admits that even he can see that it will be hard to beat the Brawn GP set-up.

"I'm in a good position, for sure," he conceded in Istanbul, "This race showed that we have the best car, but I think that we have the best 'package' too. I think this car really suits me, so I'm driving at my best and everybody within the team is in a very good position and I think that they are giving a hundred per cent."

Despite expecting to face stiff opposition from Red Bull duo Sebastian Vettel - who took pole - and Mark Webber, Button was surprised at the ease with which he was able to control the race in Turkey. Having capitalised on Vettel's opening lap error at the turn nine and ten complex, he raced away in the opening phase and built enough of an advantage to ensure that he was never headed once the pit-stop windows had shaken out. Despite facing a brief challenge from the lighter-fuelled Vettel mid-race, and then backing off in the closing stages, the Briton revealed that he had felt enough to be confident for the future.

"Every race that I've won this year has been pretty emotional - the old memories obviously come flooding back, but I think it's because we thought it would be a much tougher fight today," he confessed, "When you get into a car that, every single lap you drive, you've got a smile on your face because it's working so well... this race was that race. I could have carried on driving for another 200 laps because I was enjoying myself so much in that car.

"Even ten laps in, 15 laps in, I thought 'it's probably not a good idea, but I really want to radio the team and say 'this car is just outrageous'.' I thought it was tempting fate a little bit, so I left it until the end of the race.

"Today was a day when we've shown that we have made a good step forward. People will say that this is our true pace - and has been all year - but that's not a fact. I've given everything every race this year, and I think we've found the best pace possible at every race we've gone to but, at this race, I think we have made a step forward with the balance and the aero, so it was a nice feeling.

"It was still an exciting race, but I must say I personally think that, at the races before this, especially Bahrain and Barcelona, the Red Bulls were on our pace. Today, we were a step ahead."


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27.11.2016 - Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
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Rodriguez 917 - Unregistered

June 08, 2009 3:10 PM

The fact is Button is driving better than any other driver at the moment in a car that he has got dialed in very well. People are entitled to their opinions but I honestly think he is an artist of a driver, so smooth and clean almost Prost like only quicker. His success isn't just down to the car. The fact that he has suddenly burst into the limelight is more down to the rubbish cars he's had to drive during his career. Now he has a car worthy of his talents he's unstoppable and rightly so! He'll be a worthy world champion at the end of the year

Eskimo_F1_Fan - Unregistered

June 08, 2009 6:48 PM

People say this year is boring, but think about WRC, Loeb has dominated for years. I think Jenson deserves it. I'm a Massa fan but apparently this is not Felipe's year. After the race, Vettel and Webber were sweating bullets in the press conference and Jenson didn't show a drop. Massa and Trulli were also sweating. He makes it look easy and even though he made his first mistake of the year, he won. Hamilton demonstrates this year what Button has suffered in previous years. Take a champion and put him in a rubbish car and you get rubbish results. Button is champion class all the way. So are Hamilton, Alonso, Vettel, Massa and Webber. Then there's the way he saves his tires. Brilliant!



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