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Button fought illness in Singapore

Jenson Button battled against illness to take second in Singapore
Jenson Button has revealed that his second place finish in the Singapore Grand Prix came despite him being ill on the morning of the race.

Button extended his recent run of podium finishes to four as he chased Vettel home under the Singapore lights, with the McLaren driver now the only man who can mathematically prevent the German from securing the title for a second straight season.

However, Button has now revealed how he fell ill on the morning of the race and had been suffering from dehydration before the race – one of the toughest on the calendar.

"I was ill yesterday morning,” he told the Press Association. “I don't know where it came from, but when you do have it you're massively dehydrated. I was a kilo and a half lighter than I normally am in the morning, and putting that weight back on was quite difficult.

"So I 'Immodiumed' up, ate a lot of pasta because carbohydrates help you soak up liquid and drank a lot of special drinks from Aki [Hintsa, McLaren team doctor], his salty water drinks.

"So I was good by the race, I managed to get my weight back up, and I got through it.

"I feel very proud I stopped Seb from winning the championship in Singapore, that he was unable to celebrate it here, so I'm very happy - but we all know it's going to happen at the next race."

Button's focus for the remainder of the season, with Vettel only needing a single point to be sure of the championship crown, is now on taking as many wins as possible before the season is out, with the Brit also keen to try and outscore the champion elect through the second half of the year.

"I had a goal, from Hungary onwards over the second part of the season, to beat Seb in the points,” he said. “It's going to be tricky. I'm the second highest points scorer so far, and that has to be the aim for the season - to score more points than the others - and hopefully score more points than Seb in the second half.

"But the main aim is to win races. We tried it yesterday, it didn't quite work, but at least I was the closest driver to doing that."



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Tiksop - Unregistered

September 27, 2011 8:43 AM

As I still acknowledge Hamilton is still the born Racer and given a quick car he will win. BUT is it not clear that Jenson is now leading this team and leading them the right way. Engineers can only do so much, you need a development driver who can push you in the right direction and give you quality feedback. (And not just slag you off). Carlos Saints springs to mind as a Rally driver who could bring a team forward with his input. I think that's why Mclaren want that extended contract.

HartleyF1 - Unregistered

September 27, 2011 8:01 PM

I am a massive Button fan. I have followed him since before he entered F1. I don't understand why people keep writing him off... When he wins he's just lucky. Hamiltons far better... He can't win in the dry... Lol. Well It seems most people in the know are wrong,Very wrong.... He will win the Wdc again given the car to do it with!. Hes better than hamilton and alonso. and im sure on even footing he would DO Alonso at ferrari if he ended up there!.



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