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Jenson Button targets top-two finishes after podium return at Singapore Grand Prix

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: September 24, 2012

Jenson Button on the podium. Photo by Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

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Jenson Button has set a target of top-two finishes in Formula 1's final six Grand Prix of the season after returning to the podium in Singapore yesterday.

Button, from Frome, took his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes to second position on the demanding street circuit behind Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

“It’s nice to be back on the podium – and, if I finish every remaining race in the top one or two, that’ll be perfect," said Button.

"During the first stint, I even thought I had a chance of winning because I was able to go longer than the cars around me.

"But then they didn’t seem to struggle much on the harder tyre, so the advantage swung away from me.

"I had a good second stint, but the harder tyre didn’t feel quite as good for me [as the softer tyre]. Then I didn’t really have good balance in the final 10 laps.

“I still have a slim chance of winning the drivers’ world championship, but I’m just enjoying my racing at the moment.

"I think our car will be competitive at Suzuka, and we’re doing a very good job as a team too."

Button's team mate Lewis Hamilton, who is two positions ahead of the Frome Flyer in fourth position in the drivers' standings, retired from the Singapore Grand Prix after a gearbox failure.

"Of course, it’s disappointing that we had a reliability failure with Lewis’s car, so that’s something we need to solve, particularly as we’re doing such a good job in every other area," Button added.

“If we can solve our reliability issues, we’ll definitely have a chance of fighting for the win in all six remaining races.”

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