Button aiming for hat trick in Melbourne
20 March, 2011
Mar.20 (PVM) Jenson Button will be looking for a hat-trick of wins when he lines-up at Albert Park for the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship season opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on 27 March.
Although the McLaren MP4-26, their 2011 challenger, has not impressed in preseason testing the 2009 F1 World Champion is by no means conceding defeat. He is quoted by The Age saying, “I’m regularly being asked if I can make it three wins in a row this year. On paper that might not look likely, but, seriously, who knows? I most definitely wouldn’t rule it out.”
The 31 year old Briton pointed out, “Albert Park has been good to me: I’ve won there for the past two seasons. It’s a great circuit for racing, it always seems to create unpredictable races.”
He added, “And, perhaps because it’s habitually at the start of the season when a precise pecking order has yet to be established, we often see fast cars running out of sequence – and the excitement that that brings. With the added issue of multiple tyre stops, it could be a very exciting and unpredictable race weekend.”
Button won the 2009 Australian Grand Prix, the season opener that year, at the wheel of a Brawn GP which proved to be a glimpse of what the season had in store as he went on to win the driver’s title that year.
In 2010 he defied the odds to claim victory in Melbourne, his first for mcLaren in only his second race for the team.