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GP Week : Issue 47
Button: Title not mine to lose JENSON Button has said he is trying not to think about winning the Formula 1 World Championship, despite taking his fifth win in the first six races of the 2009 season – a feat previously only ever achieved by Alberto Ascari, Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell and Michael Schumacher. With many people now saying it is Button’s title to lose, the Briton is insistent that his mindset could not be further from such a thought. “I wouldn’t put it like that,”he said. “I am 16 points in the lead and I have more of an advantage than others to win the championship. But it is all to play for. It is not mine to lose for sure. I am doing the best I can and at the moment that is good enough. We will see what happens over the next few races. “I am just enjoying this moment, as the whole team should be. Every win is great but I think for the whole team, and I think everyone in Formula 1, you want to win in Monaco and you want to win your home Grand Prix. In a way this is both for me.” Button’s next home race is at Silverstone in four weeks time, and no matter what happens next time out in Turkey, he will arrive at the British Grand Prix at the top of the championship. “Yeah, that’s a great feeling,”he agreed. “I always love the British Grand Prix. It is obviously my proper home Grand Prix. Even when you’re not competitive and things are going tough you still get a lot of support there, being British, which is a great feeling. “But also going there having won five races will be a nice feeling and hopefully there will be lots of Brawn caps out there. I think they’ve only just gone on sale but it would be nice to see a couple out there. It’s a special race, whether you’re in a good car or a not so good car. But turning up there winning the championship (ED: note the Freudian slip), yeah, it’s going to be a nice feeling and hopefully I’ll put on a good show in front of the home crowd.” For now, however, that championship remains a distant dream. “I’m taking it as it comes. Nothing’s changed. I don’t know what would change if I did think about the World Championship to be fair. But I’m enjoying myself, as you can imagine and I’m just looking forward to the next weekend in Turkey but before that we’ve got a bit of enjoyment to do this evening.” Finally ... Ferrari get two home with po FERRARI Team Principal Stefano Domenicali says he is proud of the Ferrari team, following their first podium of 2009 at the Monaco Grand Prix. Kimi Raikkonen’s third place finish was backed up with a fourth place for Felipe Massa, bringing Ferrari its first two-car points finish of the year. “Well, at last two cars scored points and that was an important step,”he said after the race. “I think that the most important thing is that we showed that the people at home [in Maranello] are totally committed to the job. It’s not easy at the moment when you hear all around that you have to cut dramatically the costs, so they think we will lose hundreds of people, so we need to be very careful saying that. [That] is why I think it is important to thank all the people at home who are working flat out in order to improve the performance and the reliability that we didn’t have at the beginning [of the season.] “What we have seen in Spain, which was confirmed 28 here, shows that what we are doing is going in the right direction. We will stay focussed on our job, on the fact that in Turkey we need to move forward again because at least now we can see a little bit closer the cars that were in front of us and it’s a good motivation for everyone after a not very good start this season.” Domenicalli says that the F60 still has problems that need to be ironed out, but that the competitive edge of development was what the sport was all about. “I think for sure the downforce is the most important area that we have to recover and this will help a lot in high speed corners as it is the biggest problem we have to attack and I am sure that in Turkey already we will have another step. We are pretty sure that our competitors won’t turn up with the same spec, but this is racing and this is what we love about racing. You try to react and to show who is the fastest to recover.”