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Button excited by Silverstone challenge

ESPNF1 Staff
July 3, 2010 « Schumacher ready to face problems | »
Jenson Button is desperate to top the podium at Silverstone © Sutton Images
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Jenson Button has admitted he is revved up by the prospect of returning to Silverstone and is determined to break his duck in the British Grand Prix.

The 2009 champion has yet to taste victory at Silverstone and is counting down the days to practice on Friday when he will get the chance to have a run on the new layout.

"Racing in front of your home crowd is one of the biggest buzzes for any racing driver," Button said. "And racing at Silverstone is always an exceptional experience - the crowds are huge throughout the weekend, everybody absolutely knows their stuff, and the motivation and support you get is like nowhere else on earth. I love it.

"Of course, the big unknown for this year is the new track configuration. On paper, it looks to have kept most of the classic corners, which is important. We've lost Bridge, but we've still got Copse, Becketts and Stowe, which is great.

"There's no substitute for actually driving it though, and a new circuit is always great fun to try out and get to grips with, so I can't wait for Friday morning."

Button trails McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the title race and feels a win next weekend would be a huge boost to his challenge.

He said: "Even though I came to Silverstone last year as the championship leader, I still haven't won this race. I'm second this year, and I can think of nothing better than being able to take a win in front of my home crowd - that would be amazing."