Britain's Jenson Button will be hoping his race lasts a lot longer this Sunday in Malaysia after he was forced out in Melbourne last weekend following an incident at the very first corner.

Button broke the left rear suspension on his RA108 in a 'racing incident' with Sebastian Vettel's Scuderia Toro Rosso. Despite that though, it was still a pretty positive weekend and Honda were a lot more competitive than many people had predicted.

Indeed Barrichello finished in sixth in the sister car, until he was disqualified - due to a pit lane infringement, while both made it into Q2 on Saturday and in the end lined-up on the grid just outside the top ten, with Jenson 13th and Rubens 11th.

"I'm looking forward to Malaysia," said Button. "Obviously I didn't get to compete in Australia because I had an accident at turn one, but I'm very positive for the next one.

"It's tough racing in 35-degree heat in Sepang but that isn't the real problem, it's the humidity. It's one thing taking in hot air but quite another taking in hot and damp air. It's pretty tough to breath and it can get quite claustrophic in the helmet. You just have to make sure you're prepared and we will be!

"We made a lot of improvements with the car during the Melbourne weekend and I'm hoping for the same improvement over the next race. It's very competitive in the midfield and we have to get the best out of the car at every stage. If we can do that we can get a good result in the race."

Honda team principal, Ross Brawn meanwhile is also convinced that the Brackley-based outfit will be able to do well and hopefully break into the top eight and score some points.

"Whilst the result was disappointing [in Oz], we have to look at the positives. Qualifying confirmed that we are in the midfield and a very strong race drive from Rubens showed that we have the potential to fight for points," Brawn continued. "I think we can have a similarly strong weekend now to the one we experienced in Melbourne.

"We have shown that we have a car with which to target the points and two drivers who are very determined to achieve that.

"It was pleasing to see that the aerodynamic upgrade from Jerez worked as expected and I think we have a good basis for the first three races until we can introduce the next development step for Spain."

Barrichello echoed those thoughts and is similarly upbeat: "We knew we had made a step forward at our final pre-season test in Jerez. What we didn't know was where we were in relation to the other teams. I'm encouraged by the start we have made to the season and for this I have to thank everyone in Japan and the UK for all the hard work that has gone into the car over the past few weeks in particular. I think we are going to have a positive season," concluded the Brazilian.

 

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