Button bullish going to Abu Dhabi
31 October 2013 – McLaren driver Jenson Button is confident he will be able to score points in Abu Dhabi this weekend and has said the whole team should be encouraged by the pace shown at the Buddh International Circuit a few days ago.
Button may have failed to score in India, his race effectively destroyed after contact on the opening lap with Fernando Alonso, but with team-mate, Sergio Pérez, coming through to fifth – and equally McLaren’s best result of the season – it was clear the MP4-28 was pretty competitive.
“I think the whole team ought to feel encouraged by our pace in India last weekend. Although the race didn’t come together for me, our overall speed and consistency were the strongest they’ve been all season, and, as always, the race team delivered on all fronts to ensure that, strategically and logistically, we lost nothing to our rivals,” Button said in the countdown to F1’s only twilight race.
“We’ll certainly be taking that momentum into Abu Dhabi this weekend,” he continued. “[Furthermore] while it’s a very different type of track – the final sector is much more stop-start and reliant on a strong mechanical balance – I’ve always enjoyed racing around the Yas Marina circuit and I think we can once again score points to consolidate our position in the constructors’ world championship.”
Button also added that with Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull now crowned again, things will be a bit more relaxed in Abu Dhabi.
“Now that the drivers’ world championship has been conclusively settled, I think the Formula 1 community will enjoy these last three races,” he confirmed.
“While we’ll be competing with one another as fiercely as ever though, we’ll also be treating our last three outings as opportunities to develop and understand the package we’ll take into the 2014 season.
“For me, that’s exciting: I’ll be looking forward to providing my input to ensure we end the year in as strong a position as possible, so as to be as well prepared for the new challenges of 2014 as we can be.”