Best Brazil in 6 years for Button

2011-11-27 07:35

BUENOS AIRES, Brazil - Jenson Button, 2009 World champion, enjoyed his best Brazilian GP qualifying in six years on Saturday and reignited his love affair with the Interlagos circuit.

Button, 31, will start Sunday's season-ending race from third on the grid behind Red Bull’s World champion Sebastian Vettel and team mate Mark Webber. Despite winning the championship here in 2009 the McLaren driver hasn’t qualified in the top 10 at Interlagos since he started fourth in 2005.


"I'm excited about tomorrow," he said. "It's the last race of year and I want to end it on a high. I always love racing here. It's such a good circuit for racing and fighting.

“Out of the last corner into Turn 1 is good for overtaking; now we have DRS out of Turn 3 – I hope I can get those two (Vettel and Webber) tomorrow but whatever happens it has been a great season - just not quite good enough."

Button admitted he was a little disappointed not to have challenged pace-setter Vettel for pole given his own strong performances during free practice.

"We made a few adjustments after Q2 even and I thought the set-up on the option tyre was as good as we were going to get,” he said, “but the lap was pretty ragged. I feel I was quicker on the prime, but we didn't quite have the balance."


Team mate Lewis Hamilton was fourth-quickest but felt deflated and suggested the forecast rain would help his podium chances.

"A little bit disappointing, really," he said. "We’re on the second row but would have loved to have been higher. My performance... I'm not too happy about. I wasn't quick enough.

"Let's hope tomorrow is wet... the weather here can be very tricky and I think tomorrow is going to rain. Four is a good number for me; let's hope we can turn it into something positive."

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