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Jenson Button admits that he would love a smooth drive to a McLaren one-two in the Brazilian Grand Prix, with himself and Lewis Hamilton locking out the front row of the grid. However the 2009 World Champion, who will line up second and ahead of the Red Bull duo, expects anything but as thunderstorms are approaching Interlagos.
“It’s great for us to both be on the front row, especially as it’s Lewis’s last Grand Prix for McLaren,” Button commented. “Our car is working very well. I was just half a tenth away from pole and I reckon we both drove very good laps.
“So, yes, I’m happy with qualifying. From the front row, you always hope you’re going to drive a calm and orderly race – but it looks like it’s going to rain tomorrow, so that may make things rather less predictable.
“This race is important for us. Obviously, we’re out of contention for the World Championships, but this weekend’s and last weekend’s performances are very encouraging for next year which will become our focus immediately after tomorrow’s race.”
Sunday is McLaren’s final opportunity to jump back in front of Ferrari for second place in the Constructors’ Championship. The two are separated by just 14 points.
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