Button aims to repeat Indy form

Jenson Button is aiming to repeat his strong showing in the last race at Indianapolis in next weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, as BAR steps up its efforts to claim fifth in the Constructors' Championship

Button aims to repeat Indy form

Aided by the strong performance of Bridgestone's wet tyres, Button was able to lead a large portion of the United States Grand Prix, and was heading for a podium finish when he was forced to retire. The Briton is optimistic that he can run near the front in engine supplier Honda's home race.

"The characteristics of [Suzuka] should suit our car," said Button. "We have been working really hard to push the development forward, so I am optimistic for a good race especially after leading in Indianapolis. It was great to be out front and I know everyone in the team will push as hard as possible to score more Championship points in Suzuka, not least because it's the 'home' race for Honda and Bridgestone."

After finishing third and fifth at the Brickyard, Sauber leapt ahead of BAR into fifth in the Constructors' Championship, but team boss David Richards is convinced his team can fight back in Suzuka - especially because engine supplier Honda usually pulls out all the stops for its home race.

"The whole team was extremely disappointed following Indianapolis, a race which could have seen us achieve our best result to date," said Richards. "Our task of finishing in fifth place in the Constructors' Championship has been made much harder following Sauber's result, but the team will continue to work hard and fight until the final chequered flag.

"Honda will also be pulling out all the stops for their home race and will be running its 'Suzuka Special' engine. We have shown what we are capable of and we are determined to finish in the position we deserve."

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