Jenson Button aims to continue podium form at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Jenson Button is targeting a fourth successive podium finish at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend.
Button has finished third in all three Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit, and he's confident of extending that streak on Sunday.
The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver, from Frome, said: "I’m really looking forward to this race weekend.
"I’ve always gone well around this track – I had a great battle with Mark Webber in 2009, and finished third, and Lewis (Hamilton) and I have been on the podium together at the last two races.
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“I think this will be another closely matched race. India showed us that the gap between the top three teams is extremely close at the moment, so I wouldn’t like to predict the exact pecking order.
"As in the last few races, I think Red Bull will go into the weekend with a slight advantage, but I’m confident that, with a clear run through practice, we can be right up there too."
Button finished fifth in India on Sunday, but said his performance has left him in a positive mood ahead of this weekend.
“One of the most satisfying aspects of the Indian Grand Prix was that we could battle cleanly at the front – that was fantastic," said Button.
"While it’ll be quite tough to overtake around here – even with DRS – I’m hopeful that we can have another great battle, which would be fantastic for the fans.”
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team principal Martin Whitmarsh said: “Another race just a week after the last gives us the perfect opportunity to maintain the positive momentum we gathered during Sunday’s Grand Prix in India.
"Both Jenson and Lewis drove their hearts out and, although we weren’t able to match the Red Bulls in qualifying, their pace on Sunday afternoon, particularly during the second half of the race, was impressively strong.
“The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team has always gone well in Abu Dhabi – Lewis set a stunning pole at the first-ever grand prix in 2009 and led until his retirement; the last time, in fact, that we failed to get two cars home in the points.
"Additionally, in 2010, both Jenson and Lewis finished on the podium, while Lewis finally delivered on two years’ promise by winning spectacularly last year.
“It’s a circuit that both drivers enjoy, and which plays to our cars’ strengths, so I feel confident that we’ll have a strong race weekend.”