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F1 Abu Dhabi GP: Button wants points to show for 305th and ‘final’ F1 outing

It took a top six finish to score points when Jenson Button made his F1 debut and he wants to go out with something to show for in his 305th outing
ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX – Qualifying results

Jenson Button believes points are certainly possible from 12th position on the grid for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as he readies himself for what he anticipates will be his 305th and final F1 race start.

Though he couldn't join Fernando Alonso in Q3, McLaren-Honda driver Button managed his best qualifying performance since the Malaysian Grand Prix with a run to the sixth row alongside Valtteri Bottas.

Whilst the Briton – who will take a sabbatical in 2017 as he determines his long-term future - has stopped short of saying he is definitely retiring from F1, the 2009 world champion says he is prepared to treat this race as his last in F1.

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With this in mind, Button wants to go out on a relative high of points, a feat he says should be easier than it was when he made his F1 debut in 2000.

“I think points are definitively possible tomorrow and they're a lot easier to score than when I started in Formula One. There were points down to 6th place and I think I would have scored just three points with that points' system, so it's a lot easier now but there's a lot more competition too.

“I'm looking forward to the fight with Fernando, I think it will be a good one, and also with the Williams we should have a good battle as well.”

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