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Rabu, 17 Juni 2009

Button fired up for home grand prix

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By Pablo Elizalde

Jenson Button is looking forward to his home British Grand Prix this weekend, as the Brawn driver looks to extend his superb run of victories.

The Briton has won six of the first seven races of the season and will arrive at Silverstone as the clear championship favourite for the first time in his career.

"The British Grand Prix is always an amazing weekend and I can't wait to race at Silverstone in front of our home fans on Sunday," said Button in a team preview.

"To be leading the championship going into my home grand prix is something that I've never experienced before and it puts a smile on my face every time I think about it.

"I've raced at Silverstone from some fairly tough positions in the past but the fans have always been so supportive and I'd love to give them a performance that they can really enjoy this weekend.

"We took a good step forward with the balance of our car in Turkey but know that our closest competitors are going to be good in the high-speed corners so it will be an interesting weekend. If we come away with a good result, I'll be so happy on Sunday!"

Button admitted, however, that he is sorry it will be his last race at Silverstone, which will make way for Donington from next year.

"It's strange to think that this might be our last race at Silverstone and I can't imagine not having a British Grand Prix so we'll be going all out to put on a fantastic show."

Team-mate Rubens Barrichello is also fired up for the British race, the Brazilian a big fan of the Silverstone circuit.

"Silverstone is one of my all-time favourite circuits and I absolutely love racing there," he said. "The track is fantastic as it is one of the few remaining on the calendar that are high-speed, fast-flowing and really allow you to let the car go through the quick corners.

"My win here in 2003 was really special and it's fantastic to be returning this year with a car that has the potential to compete for the victory.

"There's a lot of expectation going into the weekend as our team's home grand prix but we will remain calm and just focus on doing the best job that we possibly can."

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