Jenson Button puts focus on 2014 preparations ahead of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Jenson Button is already looking forward to the 2014 campaign as he prepares for this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Having endured a disappointing season so far this year, with no podium finishes, the Frome Flyer will be keen to use the last three races to provide useful advice to the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team as they consider the design for next season's car.
"Now that the drivers' world championship has been conclusively settled, I think the Formula 1 community will enjoy these last three races," said Button.
"While we'll be competing with one another as fiercely as ever, we'll also be treating our last three outings as opportunities to develop and understand the package we'll take into the 2014 season.
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"For me, that's exciting. I'll be looking forward to providing my input to ensure we end the year in as strong a position as possible, so as to be as well prepared for the new challenges of 2014 as we can be."
Although Button is looking to the future, he also believes his car is as competitive as it has been all season and hopes to add to his World Championships points tally at the Yas Marina Circuit on Sunday.
"I think the whole team ought to feel encouraged by our pace in India last weekend," he said.
"Although the race didn't come together for me, our overall speed and consistency were the strongest they've been all season and, as always, the race team delivered on all fronts to ensure that, strategically and logistically, we lost nothing to our rivals.
"We'll certainly be taking that momentum into Abu Dhabi this weekend. While it's a very different type of track – the final sector is much more stop-start and reliant on a strong mechanical balance – I've always enjoyed racing around the Yas Marina circuit and I think we can again score points to consolidate our position in the constructors' championship."
Indian GP report and reaction – page 48.