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Button relaxed, but rivals still chasing points.

Jenson Button and Brawn GP may have settled the destiny of this year's world championships, but there is still much to play for in Abu Dhabi.

While Formula One's newest world champion Jenson Button has admitted that he is looking forward to this weekend's inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix without the pressure of tying up the title, his rivals insist that there are still reasons for them to focus on success.

Button and the Brawn team that ran him so successfully after emerging from the ashes of Honda wrapped up their respective titles in Brazil two weeks ago and, with the exception of trying to confirm Rubens Barrichello in second place overall, have less to race for than most. However, further down the table, there is still much to be decided, particularly with the allocation of prize money at stake.

Red Bull Racing is safe is second place in the constructors' championship, but has Sebastian Vettel vying with Barrichello for the right to be runner-up to Button, while the battle for third place in the teams' standings is as intense as any, not least because it involves all adversaries Ferrari and McLaren.

The Woking team, which won last year's drivers' title with Lewis Hamilton, holds the upper hand by a single point, but Ferrari, which claimed the constructors' crown at last season's finale, is determined to cap a tough season with third spot.

"You always try to do your best – at least, I try - and it's the same story in the last race," soon-to-depart Kimi Raikkonen told a press conference at the Yas Marina circuit, "We will try to get back third place in the championship for the team."

The Finn, who has yet to find a new home for 2010, insisted that it was too late for him to prove anything personally - a view shared by fellow veteran Jarno Trulli.

"I think it's a bit late if you only try to do your best in the last race to try to prove yourself to some other team, then you shouldn't be there," Raikkonen claimed, "It's the same story as any race this year: we try to do the maximum."

"I think we race for the team as well, we don't only race for us," Trulli, who is expected to leave Toyota after Abu Dhabi, added, "We always want to do our best and obviously this is the last race and we want to finish on a high, not just for us or the team. Basically, we're in the same boat."

Double world champion Fernando Alonso, who replaces Raikkonen at Ferrari next season, admitted that Button would probably be the most relaxed driver on the grid this weekend, having seen the massive pressure of cementing the title finally lifted at Interlagos.




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