• Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

No. 1 Button wants to finish with a bang

ESPNF1 Staff
November 10, 2010 « Determined Hamilton not feeling any pressure | »
Jenson Button: 'I want to make sure I give No. 1 the best possible send-off this weekend' © Getty Images

While McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton will be under the spotlight this weekend as one of four men in the race for the drivers' title, there is no such pressure on team-mate Jenson Button whose own championship hopes ended last Sunday in Brazil.

"Obviously, it was disappointing to be ruled out of the drivers' championship, but I was very pleased with my race, which was a lot of fun, and I'm already looking forward to another good performance this weekend.

"Last year in Abu Dhabi, I had a similarly great result [he finished third]. I'd lifted the pressure of the championship from my shoulders at the previous race so I was free to race hard once again. I had a great drive, enjoyed a brilliant battle with Mark [Webber] right up until the very last lap, and finished on the podium.

"I'll be hoping for another strong finish this year. Most importantly, it will be my final race with the world champion's No. 1 on my car … for this year anyway! It's been a great privilege and honour to carry that throughout the entire year, and I want to make sure I give it the best possible send-off this weekend.

"I'm looking forward to a really great race and, hopefully, a spectacular conclusion to the world championship."