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F1 Singapore GP: Button hoping for ‘less drama’ after hectic Monza

Jenson Button says he is aiming for a straightforward and successful Singapore Grand Prix after an eventful outing at Monza.
Jenson Button says he is aiming for a straightforward and successful Singapore Grand Prix after an eventful last outing having announced his 2017 F1 sabbatical and narrowly missing out on points at Monza.

At the Italian Grand Prix Button confirmed a new two-year contract with McLaren-Honda in which he will take a year out from racing in 2017 to make room for Stoffel Vandoorne but has the option to return the year after.

On track, Button enjoyed a progressive race at Monza moving from 15th up to 12th but couldn't bridge the performance gap to return to the points places.

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With a busy race weekend both on and off the track, Button is focusing on an easier time in Singapore but has stressed the physical demands the race gives means he'll be solely concentrating on his performance as McLaren targets the Marina Bay Street Circuit as a place it can score solid points.

“Singapore is a tough race, so you have to be at your absolute peak physical fitness to not find it a struggle, especially in the heat,” Button said. “It's an incredible venue and there's a really special feeling all weekend.

"Knowing you're working on European time while the rest of Singapore is running on local time makes it really unique – like racing in a parallel universe. Racing under floodlights never gets boring, and I hope I can have a weekend with less drama than at Monza.”

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Button, who has suffered retirements in Singapore for the past two years, has been on the podium twice in F1's iconic night race (2011 and 2012) and despite the rostrum looking unlikely for McLaren he will be targeting a sixth points finish of the season to help the team strengthen its sixth place in the F1 world constructors' championship.

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