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Button feels very optimistic about Abu Dhabi

The 2009 champion is currently second in the standings and wants to keep it that way until the end of the season.
Monday, November 7, 2011

Nov 6, 2011 (F1plus Team).- Jenson Button is very optimistic about his chances and of his team, McLaren, of being able to go for a sixth win of the 2011 season in Abu Dhabi next weekend.

Button currently stands second in the championship standings, and in the last race at India, he followed Vettel who claim victory. After the race, the Brit admitted that his car did not have the “pace” to put a challenge on the champion. In Abu Dhabi, however, Button believes thing might be different since the circuit suits McLaren’s MP4-26.

“Our car should suit this circuit, so I’m very optimistic,” says 2009 Champion Button, who has finished third in both of the previous Abu Dhabi races. “We saw at the last Grand Prix that, even though we didn’t have the ultimate speed to catch and pass Sebastian (Vettel), we made him work hard for the win.

“Tactically, McLaren 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.”

With last year's season finale at Yas Marina being criticized for having little overtaking -surely Alonso remebers this-, Button expects the DRS to make the race more entertaining.

"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."

Jenson Button at the Buddh International Circuit.

Jenson Button at the Buddh International Circuit.

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