Button not allowing himself to dream

Jenson Button says he is not allowing himself to dream the title will be his in less than two weeks' time, and admits he is just focusing on each race individually

Button not allowing himself to dream

"No. Because that is a dream. It is not reality. It could happen, but I have to take every race as it comes," Button told reporters in Singapore about possibility of wrapping up the title in next week's Japanese Grand Prix.

The Briton admitted, however, that he could finally sense the title was coming towards him.

"Yeah. For sure," he said. "The Red Bulls - Sebastian is 26 points behind, which is a lot. But, as Lewis Hamilton pointed out a few races ago - he had 17 points with two races to go and didn't win it in 2007.

"There is so much that can happen. But we have to stay positive and take each race as it comes. I am really excited about the challenge of the next four races.

"The next three are all circuits I enjoy, and then there is Abu Dhabi which is a new challenge and I am looking forward to because I like driving new circuits."

Button is 14 points ahead of team-mate Rubens Barrichello with four races to go, the Brazilian having reduced the gap in every grand prix since Hungary.

But Brawn driver Button reckons his mid-season slump is now behind him and he is expecting to perform strongly.

"Yeah. The car has been working well for a few races. Valencia with Rubens winning wasn't a great race for me for whatever reason, but the car was working well there.

"Spa, the car was working okay but not great - even if we were in the race we would have finished fifth or sixth which would not have been that special. Then at Monza, the car was working well - so it is good the car works well on low downforce circuits and works on high downforce circuits. We have our new update here, which should give us a bit more.

"Our pace should be good. I don't think it will move us forward, because there is a lot of team with upgrades - McLaren, Force India, BMW and Renault - but hopefully it will keep us in the game and near the front."

shares
comments
Red Bull moves to avoid gearbox issue

Previous article

Red Bull moves to avoid gearbox issue

Next article

Q & A with Jenson Button

Q & A with Jenson Button
Load comments
The six critical factors that could hand F1 2021 glory to Hamilton or Verstappen Plus

The six critical factors that could hand F1 2021 glory to Hamilton or Verstappen

The 2021 Formula 1 title battle is finely poised with six races remaining, as just six points separate championship leader Max Verstappen from seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton. In such a closely-fought season, the outcome could hinge on several small factors playing the way of Red Bull or Mercedes

Can Whitmarsh appointment help Aston succeed where its F1 rivals failed? Plus

Can Whitmarsh appointment help Aston succeed where its F1 rivals failed?

Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll is determined to make the group a billion-dollar business. MARK GALLAGHER analyses his latest play – bringing former McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh into the fold

Remembering Switzerland’s first F1 winner Plus

Remembering Switzerland’s first F1 winner

Stepping up to F1 in 1962, Jo Siffert shone with Rob Walker Racing Team and BRM before his career was abruptly ended in a fatal crash at Brands Hatch in 1971. Kevin Turner looked back at the life of Switzerland's first F1 winner on the 50th anniversary of his death

Formula 1
Oct 21, 2021
What Verstappen is risking with his current stance on 2021 F1 world title defeat Plus

What Verstappen is risking with his current stance on 2021 F1 world title defeat

OPINION: Max Verstappen is back in the lead of the 2021 Formula 1 drivers’ championship, with the season’s final flyaway events set to get underway in the USA this weekend. But a defensive stance he’s recently adopted could have a lasting impact for the Red Bull driver when it comes to his chances of defeating Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes

Formula 1
Oct 21, 2021
The hidden Ferrari struggle that Sainz’s recent charge put to rest Plus

The hidden Ferrari struggle that Sainz’s recent charge put to rest

Despite appearing to adjust to life as a Ferrari driver with relative ease, it was far from straightforward under the surface for Carlos Sainz Jr. But, having made breakthroughs in rather different routes at the Russian and Turkish races, he’s now targeting even greater feats for the rest of the Formula 1 season

Formula 1
Oct 20, 2021
The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team Plus

The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team

Emerson Fittipaldi is better remembered for his Formula 1 world championships and Indianapolis 500 successes than for the spell running his eponymous F1 team. Despite a hugely talented roll call of staff, it was a period of internal strife, limited funding and few results - as remembered by Autosport's technical consultant

Formula 1
Oct 18, 2021
Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence Plus

Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence

In the 1960s and 1970s, McLaren juggled works entries in F1, sportscars and the Indy 500 while building cars for F3 and F2. Now it’s returning to its roots, expanding 
into IndyCars and Extreme E while continuing its F1 renaissance. There’s talk of Formula E and WEC entries too. But is this all too much, too soon? STUART CODLING talks to the man in charge

Formula 1
Oct 17, 2021
How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential Plus

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential

Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?

Formula 1
Oct 15, 2021