A defiant Jenson Button has warned his four F1 2010 World Championship rivals that although he might be the most distant of the quintet in the points standings and mathematically the least likely to lift the laurels, he will not surrender his hard-fought 2009 drivers' trophy 'without a fight'.
Last year's Brazilian Grand Prix was a landmark race for the British star, as he found himself having to fight his way through the field from a lowly 14th spot in qualifying to a battling fifth at the chequered flag, as the 30-year-old pulled off more overtaking manoeuvres in one afternoon than many of his competitors managed all season to finally put the world championship crown beyond his pursuers' reach.
Admitting that the weekend taught him 'an important lesson', whilst at 42 points adrift of leader Fernando Alonso with only 50 remaining on the table twelve months on, he might need a minor miracle to achieve his target of back-to-back title successes now, the McLaren-Mercedes ace leaves no doubt at all that on his return to Interlagos this weekend, he will still be giving it absolutely everything he's got.
“The Brazilian Grand Prix is a special race for me because it's where I won the world championship last year,” Button reflected. “This will be the first time I've been back since then, so I'm really looking forward to it. Interlagos is an incredible racetrack – a place where you can race hard, where all your mistakes are punished and where you're really rewarded for attacking. I think our package will be well-suited to this circuit.
“When I was here last year I learnt an important lesson; I qualified 14th, while my team-mate put his car on pole – but when I thought it was almost all over, I threw caution to the wind and drove one of the most attacking, best drives of my F1 career. That's something that I'll be taking with me into this weekend, when I know I'll not only need a strong result, but also to rely on others failing to score to keep me in the hunt for the championship.
“Given the points situation, I know that I face an uphill struggle to hold onto the world title, but I'll be giving it everything I've got this weekend to stay in contention. I fought hard to become the 2009 world champion, and I won't give up my title without a fight.”