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Button gears up for European GP with virtual laps.

Jenson Button is hoping time spent on a Formula 1 simulator will have the desired effect for him before he heads to Spain for the first European Grand Prix to be held around the streets of Valencia.

The Brit has scored just once this season and with Honda team-mate and Silverstone podium winner Rubens Barrichello now showing well in the overall standings, the Brit is determined to get his season going again.

He has high hopes for Valencia though, with Button using simulators of the circuit before he gets his first chance to try it first hand in free practice on the Friday.

"My first thoughts are that it's a circuit that we haven't raced at before and it's got barriers all around it! I think the whole of Formula One is very excited about going to Valencia. It's a beautiful city and it will be great to be racing around the streets there," said the Englishman.

"We have a simulator at our UK base, as do most teams, and spending a lot of time on that has been vital in terms of learning the circuit. With a simulator, you're not getting the complete feeling of the car but you are gaining understanding of the distances and the braking points, so it's very useful.

"We have some very fast circuits like Monza, Spa and Silverstone on the calendar and then the slower circuits like Monaco and Hungary, and we're expecting Valencia to be somewhere in the middle.

"It's also got the added excitement of being surrounded by barriers which really focuses your mind and demands that you give full concentration around every single lap."


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rich ard

August 18, 2008 8:13 AM

sorry schumi, i was trying to humorously sarcastic, but i didnt put it right. i tried to say that he was great in a simulator but he was absolutely useless in a honda race car. thats why "race" was in inverted commas.



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