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Jenson Button: I can compete for Japanese Grand Prix win at 'unpredictable' Suzuka

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: October 06, 2012

Jenson Button. Photo by Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Jenson Button. Photo by Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

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Jenson Button will start tomorrow's Japanese Grand Prix from eighth on the grid.

Button, from Frome, was third overall in today's qualifying session, but faces a five-place grid gearbox penalty.

Despite that setback, though, the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver is confident he has the pace to get back among the front-runners.

"It was a good qualifying session – both my Q3 laps felt good," said Button.

“We’ve improved the car a lot since yesterday, when we tried a very low-downforce set-up to help with overtaking. We pulled back from that for today, and I feel a lot happier with the car.

“My gearbox penalty means it’s disappointing to be starting so far back, though.

"Overtaking has never been easy around here – even with the introduction of DRS – and, that being the case, it’s quite a surprise that the DRS zone has been shortened for this year.

“But I love racing around here. And because everyone’s strategy could be up in the air tomorrow – because there’s been quite a lot of tyre graining and blistering – things could still be a bit unpredictable.

“The championship is a long-shot for me, I know that, but I’d love to do well in front of the Japanese crowd; I’ll be going for the win.”

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