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Button hails ‘unique’ Silverstone
19 June 2013
Jenson Button has praised the iconic history of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, hailing it as one of the best circuits on the F1 calendar.
The McLaren driver has not enjoyed the best of seasons so far in 2013, and has failed to finish a race any higher than fifth position.
But the 2009 world champion has taken time to appreciate the history of the British Grand Prix, and its place in the world of motorsport: “The British Grand Prix is one of the very best grands prix on the calendar,” he said.
“Silverstone is absolutely unique. Firstly, it's one of the greatest circuits in the world. Becketts, quite simply, is the greatest sequence of corners in motor sport – you cannot believe the speeds you're able to pull through there. And Copse and Stowe are incredible too.
“It's also a track with such great historical significance – it's where the first-ever world championship F1 race was held, and it's really cool to look at pictures throughout the sport's history and to be able to recognise Silverstone in pictures featuring such icons as Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell. There are very few circuits left that have that sort of history – and we're privileged to have one in Great Britain.”
The Canadian Grand Prix saw McLaren finish without a car in the points for the first time in 65 races last time out. Button says the team will be stronger at his home event next weekend, but has admitted that victory at Silverstone will be extremely difficult to come by.
However, the 33-year-old has praised the British fans as the 'best', and says despite current performance problems, he will give his utmost to please the spectators: “Silverstone is special because of the fans: they are the best in the world,” Button added.
“It's the people who make Silverstone what it is – they are there every day, in all weathers, cheering on every driver on every lap. That level of support is something you see nowhere else – British fans have a deep, innate knowledge and understanding of the sport, and they're passionate about every element of F1.
“Obviously, as a British driver, I'm particularly grateful for the support I've received over the years. I hope I can put on a great show for the fans this year.”