Jenson Button wants ‘special’ UK GP

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Next month’s British Grand Prix could be ‘very special’ according to Jenson Button, if he and Lewis Hamilton still on top of the F1 standings.

The pair currently lead the drivers’ standings following back-to-back one-twos in the last two races in Turkey and Canada, with Hamilton leading Button by just three points.

This year’s championship has been a close run affair with five different leaders after the eight races to date.

But Button would love nothing more than for him and Hamilton to be fighting it out in front of their home fans at Silverstone on July 11.

“It’s a great championship, ” he said . “With the race in Canada highlighting how exciting Formula One is at the moment.

“There are just six points between the top three drivers, but if we (Button and Hamilton) can go into the British Grand Prix leading it would be a very special race.
Competitive

“It’s great for this team they’ve two drivers fighting it out in front, and we’re so close on points.

“We’ve won more races than any other team this year, with Lewis and I winning two races each, which is a good position for us to be in.

“Valencia should again suit our car, so I’m looking forward to the challenge and the circuit, which I love, even though I had a bad race there last year.”

Button knows that, with the F1 field so tightly bunched at present , this weekends race is once again too close to call.

“I’ve heard Red Bull will have a big upgrade, so we will see what happens,” added Button.

“But it’s not just about us and Red Bull, as we’ve seen, because Formula One is a tough, very competitive game at the moment.

“On their day Ferrari are very quick, and if everything had gone very well for them in Canada they might have been challenging for the win.

Determination

“Mercedes seem to have dropped off for Canada, but they could be there in the next one.

“But as a team, we’ve taken maximum points in the last two races and it feels like we’ve really gathered considerable momentum.

“The team really is functioning as a single unit, so we head into Valencia hopeful of being able to again capitalise on that determination and ambition.”

Team principal Martin Whitmarsh is also hoping for his two drivers to be holding sway in the standings for the team’s home race at Silverstone.

“Of course,” he said, when asked if it would be a dream for McLaren to be leading the title chase ahead of the British Grand Prix.

“We have hundreds of people who don’t get to see the cars running more than once a year, so they will be there.

“For all the staff it will be great if we are leading the championship, and also great if we can get a result there.”

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