McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh said the team will continue to support Jenson Button despite the reigning world champion’s slim hopes of retaining his title.
If Formula 1 has taught us competitors one thing over the past couple of years, it?óÔé¼Ôäós to never give up hope until the odds are no longer possible, and that the most unexpected outcome can become a very real and viable possibility sooner than you can readily imagine.
With that in mind, we go to Brazil, and then on to Abu Dhabi, still determined to wrest both world championships. Lewis is well-placed in the drivers?óÔé¼Ôäó championship. While Jenson lies 42 points adrift, he has vowed to fight on. As the reigning world champion, and a great driver, he knows better than most that you can?óÔé¼Ôäót lift the title without being a resolute fighter. That?óÔé¼Ôäós exactly why we hired him, and we?óÔé¼Ôäóll be supporting him fully this weekend.
He added the team are still hopeful of regaining the lead in the constructors’ championship, having cut Red Bull’s lead at Korea:
As for the constructors?óÔé¼Ôäó championship, we?óÔé¼Ôäóre only 27 points off the top spot ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ a very slender margin, and one that both Jenson and Lewis are convinced we can bridge by the time the chequered flag falls in Abu Dhabi.
We?óÔé¼Ôäóre ready for battle and working harder than ever to win both world championships.
Button said he hasn’t given up hope of winning the championship a second time:
Given the points situation, I know that I face an uphill struggle to hold on to the world title, but I?óÔé¼Ôäóll be giving it everything I?óÔé¼Ôäóve got this weekend to stay in contention. I fought hard to become the 2009 world champion, and I won?óÔé¼Ôäót give up my title without a fight.
Lewis Hamilton, who is 21 points behind championship leader Fernando Alonso, said:
We go to Brazil knowing that we may not have the fastest car, but we?óÔé¼Ôäóll have a decent package that should work well. We have a strong engine and good straightline speed, so I think we?óÔé¼Ôäóll still be quick ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ crucially, that combination should give us the opportunity to pass into the first corner, which is probably the best overtaking spot on the track.
I know the world championship is figuring in everybody?óÔé¼Ôäós thoughts at the moment, but I?óÔé¼Ôäóm not thinking about it too much: I need to get a good result in Brazil to take the fight to Abu Dhabi, so that?óÔé¼Ôäós my priority. Whatever happens, it?óÔé¼Ôäós going to be a very tight battle.
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