Runaway 2009 Formula 1 World Championship leader Jenson Button has confessed that should he triumph on home turf in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone next weekend, he will be fulfilling a dream that he has held since early childhood – and one that, up until this season, had looked like never materialising.
With six victories from the opening seven races of the campaign, the Brawn GP star will arrive at the Northants circuit with a commanding 26-point advantage in the drivers' standings over team-mate Rubens Barrichello – and though the Brazilian is talking up his chances at what is undoubtedly one of his favourites tracks on the calendar and one where he boasts an excellent record, there is little question about who the fans will be rooting for.
In recent years, fellow Brits Lewis Hamilton, David Coulthard, Johnny Herbert, David Coulthard, Damon Hill and Nigel Mansell have all done the business on home soil – and Button admits that whilst title glory remains the holy grail, a win at Silverstone would be something 'very special' too. His best finish in nine appearances to-date in the British Grand Prix is fourth, and he has not taken the chequered flag inside the points there since 2005.
“I watched Nigel winning here and the passion and emotion from the British fans was amazing,” the 29-year-old told the Daily Mirror
. “To win your home grand prix is very special. My ideal season would be to win Monaco, Silverstone and the world championship.
“The biggest landmark in an ideal career is obvious – the world championship. It's not [about] how many times you win it, how much you win it by or how many races you win – but [it's about] winning it and getting more points than any other driver. After that it's Silverstone; that's something I've wanted to do since I was kid.”