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Button: Last four tracks will suit us much better

Although he might now be the outsider amongst the F1 2010 crown-chasing quintet at 25 points adrift of the lead, defending world champion Jenson Button is bullish about his prospects for the final four grands prix...
Defending F1 World Champion Jenson Button has sought to downplay McLaren-Mercedes' relative lack of performance up against title rivals Ferrari and Red Bull Racing in last weekend's Singapore Grand Prix – asserting that the Woking-based outfit's MP4-25 will be far better-suited to the remaining four circuits on the calendar.

Button finished fourth under the spotlights of the Far-Eastern city-state, tracking Red Bull's Mark Webber across the line, albeit lamenting the difficulty he encountered in trying to overtake an adversary who was behind the wheel of a car with 30 more laps on its tyres than his [see separate story – click here].

That means the British star will travel to Suzuka next weekend as the most distant of the crown-chasing quintet at 25 points adrift of the top of the table – but convinced that he will be able to challenge at each of the remaining races in Japan, Korea, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

“It was a little disappointing to see that we probably didn't have enough pace to take the fight to the Ferraris and the Red Bulls, but that was to be expected, really,” the 30-year-old told his personal website, reflecting on Singapore. “[Marina Bay] is one of the highest-downforce tracks on the calendar, so it's not a place where our car would really excel. I think the next four races will be very interesting, though – they'll certainly play more to our strengths.

“As we've seen, this championship is going to go all the way, and it's still very hard to predict who will come out on top– so it's very exciting. It's funny, because every race we go to seems to be called a pivotal'race and, while every result is obviously important, I don't think you'd say that any one race is really pivotal to your title campaign – it's more about the pace you carry across the balance of the season.

“Funnily enough, I think Singapore showed that it will probably actually take a couple of races to have a more significant impact on the overall standings. Okay, Fernando' [Alonso] has had two good races and is right in the thick of things, but Lewis [Hamilton – McLaren team-mate] has retired from the last two races and he's still right there, and both Sebastian [Vettel] and me are ready to strike.”

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Black Dog - Unregistered

October 02, 2010 10:02 AM

Jens maybe slower, but Vet and Ham keep crashing. Jens is always there at the end. No mistakes this year. 30 points from last 2 starts to Ham's zero. Monaco was teams fault which cost at least 12 points for poss 4th, and Spa was Vet, AGAIN crashing in to him which is another poss 12 points for 4th. That's 24 points lost which would have put him second in the standings on 201 points. Plus McLaren told him to stay behind Ham in Turkey re fuel saving. Jens almost got past Ham once and would have before race end, if he'd been allowed to. That is another 7 points lost. All of that not his fault. True qualifying lets him down, but he is solid and reliable. He still has evey chance to keep the crown and like Webber, he deserves to win it.

Black Dog - Unregistered

October 02, 2010 10:17 AM

Why does everyone rubbish Jens? He had a v tough time at Renault under Flav. Richards saved him and apart from some excellent results in 04, had poor cars at Honda. But he never gave up, and last year, finally, he got the car he needed and he got the job done. World Champion. He realised his dreams. In life you suffer the slings and arrows and if you keep going, one day, maybe Lady Luck will smile on you. Jens, for me, is an inspiration. Never give up, keep the faith, keep fighting and you will get there. Now he is driving for a legendary team and not disgracing himself. He fully deserves the success he has got. He's paid for it in blood, sweat and tears. If he can do it, it means there might be hope for us all to realise our own dreams. You Button haters are a truly sad and mean spirited bunch and you've got not the slightest idea of what it takes to achieve what he has done.

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