Button: Top three teams extremely close
30 October 2012 – Jenson Button says it is difficult to predict who will come out on top in Abu Dhabi this weekend, with Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari all 'extremely close' in terms of outright pace. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel led home title rival Fernando Alonso at the last race in India, but the 2009 World Champion is hopeful of fighting for victory this time out.
"I’m really looking forward to this race weekend," said Button. "I’ve always gone well around this track; I had a great battle with Mark Webber in 2009, and finished third, and Lewis and I have been on the podium together at the last two races.
"I think this will be another closely matched race: India showed us that the gap between the top three teams is extremely close at the moment, so I wouldn’t like to predict the exact pecking order. As in the last few races, I think Red Bull will go into the weekend with a slight advantage, but I’m confident that, with a clear run through practice, we can be right up there too.
"One of the most satisfying aspects of the Indian Grand Prix was that we could battle cleanly at the front, that was fantastic. While it’ll be quite tough to overtake around here - even with DRS - I’m hopeful that we can have another great battle, which would be fantastic for the fans."
Button is currently sixth in the Drivers' standings, 24 points behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton, while McLaren sits third in the Constructors' fight, ten points adrift of Ferrari.