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Jenson Button puts Brazilian gun scare behind him

Jenson Button puts Brazilian gun scare behind him

Jenson Button is already moving on from his harrowing gun scare in Brazil.
Armed men attempted to attack the armored car carrying the defending Formula One champion last Saturday as he left the track after qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix.
"I haven't had a gun pointed at me before, so yes (it was frightening)," Button said Thursday ahead of the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday. "I've talked about it enough, you know? Let's move on. Let's get racing."
Button, his father, physiotherapist Mike Collier and manager Richard Goddard were driven away from danger by their driver, who was trained in evasive maneuvers, and nobody was hurt in what appeared to be a robbery attempt near the Interlagos circuit in South America's biggest city.
Button, who sits in fifth place behind his fellow Brit and McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton, is out of contention for the championship title going into Sunday's race.
Championship leader Fernando Alonso can clinch the title with a top-two finish in his Ferrari, while Red Bull drivers Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel are trying to overtake him. Hamilton also has an outside chance at the title.
Button expects to see the same names in contention next season.
"The three top teams at the moment are the teams that I think will be exciting to watch next year," he said, adding that he will try to help secure second place in the constructors standings for McLaren on Sunday.
Red Bull has already secured the constructors title, with McLaren ahead of Ferrari in the fight for second place.
"It should be a lot of fun for me," Button said. "There's still a lot of points up for grabs, that we need to consolidate second in the constructors championship."
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WAITING GAME: German rookie Nico Hulkenberg is still unsure whether he will be racing in Formula One for Williams next year, despite an encouraging performance at last week's Brazilian Grand Prix.
The 23-year-old Hulkenberg surprised everyone when he took pole position with a near perfect run at Interlagos, although he was then overtaken by Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber on the first lap of the race.
"Unfortunately there is no news regarding Williams," Hulkenberg said Thursday. "For me the most important is to remain in Formula One next year _ and that's the main aim."
Hulkenberg finished the Brazilian GP in eighth place behind seven-time former world champion Michael Schumacher.
"There (were) a few circumstances. We had a good tire pressure, very aggressive from the out(set) with the tires, and that's why every lap was getting better and better," Hulkenberg said about his run at Interlagos. "I was just getting more temperature into the tires and my tires worked very well at that stage."
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GOLDEN OLDIE: Even if Mark Webber wins his first world title, it won't stop the 34-year-old Australian driver thinking what might have been had he raced a competitive car earlier in his career.
Webber is eight points behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, and the Spaniard can clinch the title with a top-two finish at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.
"I didn't really have a winning car earlier in my career," Webber said. "I now have that, I've been very successful with the back part of my career."
Webber made his Formula One debut eight years ago with Minardi and his first GP win came only last year.
That makes Webber more philosophical about the prospect of losing to two-time champion Alonso _ or even to his Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel _ who is close behind in third place overall.
"If it doesn't happen I'll have another crack next year. It doesn't change too much of my mentality," Webber said. "I know that I've been very fortunate even to still have a chance to get to this point."
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LEWIS TAKES IT EASY: Lewis Hamilton is happy that the pressure is firmly on the others heading into Sunday's title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The 2008 world champion only has an outside chance of clinching his second world title, and only if he wins the race and current race leader Fernando Alonso fails to score a point.
"I feel quite comfortable being here, having had the experience in the past," Hamilton said. "I can do my job perhaps (with) a more relaxed mental state than in 2008 (or) 2007."
Still, Hamilton thinks the four-way title bid _ with Red Bull racers Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel in second and third place _ is healthy for the sport.
"It's good, obviously, of having the pressure right down to the last race and being in for the fight for the world championship," he said.


Updated : 2021-10-17 06:04 GMT+08:00