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Button Preparing for Debut McLaren Test “Like It Is the First Race”

Jenson Button - he's preparing for debut McLaren test as though it were a race

Jenson Button - he's preparing for his debut McLaren test as though it were a race

Jenson Button is aware that the odds are against his snagging a repeat title in 2010.  While some Formula 1 champs are able to win ultimate laurels in successive years (most recently, Michael Schumacher did this for five years in succession, and Fernando Alonso for two), it’s not the norm in the sporting world.  But Button aims to be the exception that proves the rule.

Speaking recently at the Autosport International Racing Car Show, Button said, “Seventy per cent of athletes or sportsmen that win a world championship don’t succeed the following year – so I’ve got to try and be positive and think about the 30 per cent that did, and work out why they won again. That’s something that we never think about going into a season, but I’ve got the right people around me and I’ve spent a few days thinking about that and working on it, and I’m going to be doing that all the way up to the first race.”

Button will make his testing debut for McLaren at Valencia on February 3.  Referring to the Valenica test, he said, “I am looking forward to it.  It’s going to be the strangest day because it’s going to be one of the most important days in Formula 1 in 2010 – when we see where people stand, which cars are quick and which are competitive.”

He also allowed that, with the compacted testing windows mandated by current regulations, it will be important to get off to a good start, straight out of the box. “When you have the base at the first test then it’s a great base to build on,” he said.  “We had that at Brawn last year, and we need to start the year with a good car. If we don’t, we can get there, but it’s very difficult to get there for the first race because it is only one month away.”

Button says that he’s not willing to rest on his laurels, however, and is taking a methodiocal approach to his prepration for the new season.  “I’m in the simulator quite a lot before the first test, and I’m at the factory a lot,” he said.  “I want to get ready for the first test like it is the first race, because I don’t want any excuses when I get to Melbourne alongside Lewis [Hamilton]. I want to be ready for the first race 100 per cent.”

(Image source: AutoMoto TV)

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