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Jenson Button optimistic ahead of tough Singapore Grand Prix challenge

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: September 19, 2012

Jenson Button at the Chinese Grand Prix this year. Photo from Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

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Jenson Button has wasted no time in dwelling on his non-finish in Italy a fortnight ago, and is relishing a return to action at this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Button, from Frome, retired while in second place at Monza, while team mate Lewis Hamilton went on to clinch victory.

However Button said he was encouraged by his car's pace, and is confident of building on last year's second place at the demanding Singapore street circuit.

"I didn’t spend too much time looking back at my non-finish in Monza," said Button.

"Obviously, it was disappointing not to be able to help the team to a one-two finish, but these things happen.

"What’s more encouraging is that we have strong pace on a range of very different circuits – and, hopefully, we can continue to push that momentum in Singapore.

“The Marina Bay track is unique – there are a couple of long straights, so it’s very fast, but all the corners are generally taken in second or third gear, so you’re trying to find the best set-up compromise – particularly as you need good end-of-straight speed for overtaking into Turn Seven.

"That’s the best opportunity for passing as it also comes at the end of the DRS zone.

“Every lap is a great challenge. I had a really enjoyable race at Singapore last year.

"My car was completely dialled in and I was able to push to chase down Sebastian [Vettel] during the closing laps.

"This year, I hope we’ll once again have a package that will enable us to fight at the front.”

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