• Brazilian Grand Prix

Button drawing on happy memories

ESPN Staff
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Button carved his way through the field to finish fifth in America © Sutton Images

Jenson Button is hoping to draw on previous good memories at Interlagos when the championship moves to Brazil for the final race of the 2012 season.

Button won the world drivers' title with Brawn GP at the demanding circuit in 2009 and also finished on the podium with Honda in 2006.

"I've had some great experiences racing in Brazil - I won the world championship here in 2009, of course, but I can also remember having strong races here, especially in 2006 when I finished on the podium," said Button.

A sterling drive from Button at the inaugural US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas saw him carve his way to fifth after being a lowly 15th at the end of the opening lap. And he is hoping for a clean qualifying run on Saturday to give him a shot at an even better result.

"I think we showed in Austin that we have an incredibly quick car, particularly in race-trim, and I'd love to have a clean weekend, a trouble-free qualifying and then have a good run at scoring some strong points on Sunday. Traditionally, it's not been a circuit where we've been at our strongest, but I think this year's car has often been strong at tracks where we wouldn't normally have been up there, so I think we have a chance to go for the win.

"Of course, Brazil will be the backdrop for the championship showdown - and it's a great track upon which to end the season on a high. I'm not putting my money on anybody, but I hope we have a fantastic contest and may the best man win."