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Button focused on victory, not title

Jenson Button insists he isn't thinking about the F1 drivers' title, despite the fact that the Brawn GP could wrap up his maiden crown this weekend at Suzuka.

The Briton heads into the Japanese GP holding a 15 point lead over team-mate Rubens Barrichello in the standings, and would pick up the crown if he can extend his advantage to at least 20 points during the course of the weekend – having won more races than the Brazilian this season.

With Sebastian Vettel also in with an outside chance of still taking the crown, Button insisted that his focus for the weekend was simply on securing the best result possible and he wasn't going into the weekend thinking he will lift the title.

“I am looking forward to the weekend,” he said. “This is a circuit that I have enjoyed very much in the past. It is a very fast flowing circuit and I think every driver enjoys racing here. But I don't come into this race thinking I am going to seal the title here.

“There are so many possibilities this weekend. There are still three people who can still challenge for the championship. I am one of them, and the most important thing for me to do is work as hard as I can on Friday and Saturday to get the car ready for qualifying and the race and have a good race, the same as all of these guys. I shouldn't be thinking about anything else.”

Button added that he isn't concerned whether or not the title is secured in Japan, with it not being important when or where his maiden championship is clinched.

“We go to every race to win it,” he said. “For me, the most important thing is to win the World Championship. It's not when or where. For sure, I would love to win in Suzuka, it's a circuit that I love. I've got a lot of connections with Japan from the past and from the present. So for sure I'm here to win this weekend and that's my aim.”

Despite the late nature of the deal with Honda to secure the future of the team, Brawn GP started the season in dominant form, with Button winning six of the first seven races.

While he hadn't won since Turkey in June, the Briton has held on to his championship advantage in a season he admits has been a rollercoaster ride.





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FromeBoy - Unregistered

October 01, 2009 2:23 PM

Andy...who should win it this year then? If Button has the most points at the end of the season then he definitely will be championship material. Doesn't mean he's the best driver necessarily but hey, that's not stopped others in the past.

hnp - Unregistered

October 01, 2009 1:08 PM

Rob01 - if it's that easy why aren't you out there challenging?! Why read the article if you clearly can't stand the guy (from previous posts as well), and why keep repeating the same old things? I don't understand why so many people come on here just to make negative comments. I mean half of them have barely have anything to do with the content of article they're commenting on.



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