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Jenson Button Q&A: Home win would require a miracle 27 Jun 2013

Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Preparations, Silverstone, England, Thursday, 27 June 2013 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Preparations, Silverstone, England, Thursday, 27 June 2013 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-28
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Preparations, Silverstone, England, Thursday, 27 June 2013 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren in the Press Conference.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Preparations, Silverstone, England, Thursday, 27 June 2013 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren talks with the media.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Preparations, Silverstone, England, Thursday, 27 June 2013

McLaren’s Jenson Button finds himself in a position this weekend that he’s not faced for some time - heading into his home Grand Prix knowing that his chances of victory are very slim indeed. As always, however, Button is putting on a brave face and focussing on the positives of competing in front of British fans at his beloved Silverstone…

Q: What is it that makes Silverstone so special and thrilling for you?
Jenson Button:
I don’t necessarily think that it is the muddy car parks and sausages, but most definitely the British fans. They are always very supportive through thick and thin, as we not only had good times, but tough times also. I hope that we are able to put on a good show and that we have a full house of Union Jacks and rocket red caps. For this we will fight and do the best we can, although for a win we would most probably need a miracle.

Q: So what do the team have up their sleeves, to bring performance to the car then?
JB:
We are a hungry team that hates not succeeding, although at the moment it is quite difficult. We do have some new parts on the car, which should help us here, plus the layout of the Silverstone circuit helps the car, as it is a real fast flowing circuit, which is really up with Spa and Suzuka. Of course it hurts not to be able to deliver the expected performance, and the longer this lasts the more it hurts not only us drivers, but also the people that put so much effort into developing new parts. We are behind Force India and also behind the other four big teams as well, so we need to push harder to close the gap.

Q: Which exact part of the circuit is your favourite then?
JB:
It is for sure Copse and Becketts. Copse is a blind corner that is almost flat and this is a real buzz when you get it right. Becketts as well and the change of directions: there is nothing like it in the sport. And this is where I watched a Formula One car for the first time in 1994 and this just took my breath away. The speed, the smell and the sound; I still remember that very moment, as it was very special.

Q: Do you still see McLaren being able to win races this season, or are you already focusing on the 2014 car?
JB:
We definitely still have the aim of winning races this year, whether we can or not, but for sure we’ll do everything to make this happen. The boys at the factory do everything possible to get us there. We are not concentrating on 2014 yet, and I think that it is important that we don’t do that yet, as we are still concentrating on understanding where we are now, which will also help us next year as well.

Q: What do you think of Mark Webber’s decision to retire from Formula One racing at the end of this season?
JB:
I get on very well with Mark and we have a lot in common also outside the sport. We have raced together in Formula One for many years and our careers had some similarities, especially at the beginning when we had to fight to find a drive in the first few years, to find a car and team that you can be competitive with. He obviously feels that it is time to move on. It is for sure sad to see such a talented, intelligent and outspoken driver leave. For him it will be a great and exciting challenge to build a team around him to challenge Audi and Toyota at Le Mans with such a prestigious brand, with Porsche. Good luck to him, and I hope he does well next year.

Q: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Great Britain?
JB:
For sure it is roast dinners, and that is probably one of the best things in the world, but also fields, tractors and cows. Growing up in the countryside for me was the best way, as I have learned a lot about the land, and this is where most of my family still lives. So I have a lot of great memories.

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