Button: Title over but we aiming to win races
5 November, 2011
Nov.5 (PVM) Jenson Button looks destined to be runner-up in the 2011 Formula 1 world championship, but the McLaren driver is determined to end the season on a high starting with the forthcmoing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Button is confident that he will be able to carry his form to the UAE, “Our car should suit this circuit so I’m very optimistic. We saw at the last grand prix that even though we didn’t have the ultimate speed to catch and pass Sebastian, we made him work hard for the win. Tactically, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes ran a first-class race: I got all the right calls from the pit wall and the pit crew did a fantastic job. The championship may not be at stake any more but we’re still aiming to win races and put on a tremendous show.”
The iconic Yas Marina Circuit never fails to impress and Button explains why drivers have taken to the venue, “The Yas Marina Circuit looks and feels spectacular and futuristic: it’s a unique place – the way the circuit changes from dusk to darkness is incredible, and must be an amazing experience for the spectators. The way it’s built, the grandstands are almost on top the action so everyone gets a great view.”
“Abu Dhabi has special memories for me because it was my first race after I’d won the world championship in 2009, so it made racing that weekend a really fun and enjoyable experience – I remember I had a fantastic battle with Mark [Webber] and finished third,” added the 2009 world champion who has won three races so far this year.
One of the criticisms leveled at the Hermann Tilke designed track is the lack of overtaking opportunities, which almost prompted the venue’s management to make changes to the layout for 2011, but they did not do so as the advent of DRS and KERS has transformed the overtaking options in F1 and could well be the tonic to turn the Abu Dhabi GP into a spectacle of close racing.
Button explained, “It’s usually been quite difficult to overtake here, especially last year, but I think that DRS will change all that. The back straight is one of the longest in Formula 1 so I expect to see a lot of action there. It would be great to see the new rules turn this circuit into a place where overtaking is more common and more exciting.”