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Button: Austin showed the McLaren is an incredibly quick car
21 November 2012
McLaren's Jenson Button believes he will have a 'chance' to go for victory in Brazil this weekend.
Button fought back from his woes in qualifying to finish fourth in the USA on Sunday and after seeing team-mate, Lewis Hamilton win, he is confident the Woking-based team should again be pretty strong at Interlagos, a place that holds some fond memories for the 32-year-old.
“I've had some great experiences racing in Brazil – I won the world championship here in 2009, of course, but I can also remember having strong races here, especially in 2006 when I finished on the podium,” he said ahead of the 20th and final round in the 2012 F1 World Championship.
“I think we showed in Austin that we have an incredibly quick car, particularly in race-trim, and I'd love to have a clean weekend, a trouble-free qualifying and then have a good run at scoring some strong points on Sunday.
“Traditionally, it's not been a circuit where we've been at our strongest, but I think this year's car has often been strong at tracks where we wouldn't normally have been up there, so I think we have a chance to go for the win.”
McLaren team principal, Martin Whitmarsh meanwhile also reckons Button and team-mate, Lewis Hamilton will have a good opportunity to take home the laurels.
“This weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix will bring the curtain down on another fascinating and exciting world championship. I think our win in Austin last weekend has buoyed the team after a couple of disappointing races, and has shown that, in terms of raw speed, the MP4-27 wants for nothing.
“That's an encouraging message to be sending home to our engineers and designers for the winter, and also a positive for our drivers, who know that they'll likely be equipped with race-winning machinery for the Interlagos weekend,” Whitmarsh summed-up.
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