F1 »

Button unworried over Sao Paulo safety

Jenson Button says he has no safety concerns about the Brazilian Grand Prix
Jenson Button says he has no safety concerns about returning to Sao Paulo for this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix, despite being held up at gunpoint in the city last year.

Button was in a car that was approached by armed men following qualifying for the 2011 race, with the specially-trained police officer at the wheel of the Mercedes B-class using the car as a battering ram to escape.

The attack on the McLaren driver was the latest in a series of incidents involving F1 personnel in recent years but with security being increased for this weekend's season finale, Button said he saw no reason to be worried.

"No, not at all," he told Sporting Life when asked if he was worried about heading back to the city. "Something was going to happen. It had happened so many times with the mechanics and engineers, and in the end it was going to happen to a driver. I don't think they wanted anything except for our bags out of the boot.

"But we have more security this year. I think every driver you see will have a police escort, and they should do. But you have to spare a thought for everyone else in Formula One because they don't have police escorts. So yeah, it's a tough one because it's such a good grand prix. I love racing at Sao Paulo.

"It's a pity things do happen there when we leave the circuit, but I think that just shows the divide in Brazil."

Button heads to Brazil looking to wrap up second in the championship standings and he said he was hopeful of ending 2011 with a strong run at Interlagos.

"If I can qualify well, in the top few places, that will be a big step forward for me because last year I qualified 13th, and that was my best qualifying for five years," he said. "So it's been a difficult one for me on Saturdays in Brazil, but Sundays have always been very good, so I'm excited about it, and it would be lovely to get the last win of the season.

"The car is obviously working well, and it would be nice to beat Seb over the second half of the season.
"So I'm looking forward to the last race, hopefully a good sign off, and then start it all over again next year."



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
13.11.2011- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26 race winner and Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26 3rd position
13.11.2011- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26 race winner and Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26 3rd position
13.11.2011- Race, Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26 3rd position
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 and Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
19.09.2014- Press conference, Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT), CEO and Team Principal, Sauber F1 Team, Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director and Claire Williams (GBR) Williams Deputy Team Principal.
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Mercedes AMG F1 W05, Steering wheel
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, The helmet of Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Taz - Unregistered

November 23, 2011 1:16 PM

He drove a blinder there when he won his WDC so he should go well. Vettel on pole though...he'll be desperate to beat Mansel's qualifying record.



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.