Jenson Button and Sergio Perez are hoping to carry the positive momentum from India forward to this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and believe that a double point’s finish is possible. This is after the encouraging race pace shown last weekend. Perez raced to an impressive fifth place and despite Button finishing down in 14th place after an unscheduled pit stop; he was pleased with the cars performance.
F1 now heads to Abu Dhabi and the modern Yas Marina Circuit, one that Button enjoys racing on. “I think the whole team ought to feel encouraged by our pace in India last weekend,” he said. “Although the race didn’t come together for me, our overall speed and consistency were the strongest they’ve been all season, and, as always, the race team delivered on all fronts to ensure that, strategically and logistically, we lost nothing to our rivals.”
He added: “We’ll certainly be taking that momentum into Abu Dhabi this weekend. While it’s a very different type of track – the final sector is much more stop-start and reliant on a strong mechanical balance – I’ve always enjoyed racing around the Yas Marina circuit and I think we can once again score points to consolidate our position in the constructors’ world championship.”
With the two world titles being wrapped up in India, he expects drivers to enjoy the last three races and also switch focus to 2014: “Now that the drivers’ world championship has been conclusively settled, I think the Formula 1 community will enjoy these last three races. While we’ll be competing with one another as fiercely as ever, we’ll also be treating our last three outings as opportunities to develop and understand the package we’ll take into the 2014 season.
Team-mate Sergio Perez thoroughly enjoyed the last race weekend after finishing in fifth place, equalling the team’s best result of the season so far. He is hoping to carry that momentum forward this weekend: “I’ll be aiming to carry that momentum over into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Yas Marina circuit is one of the most impressive and sophisticated racetracks in the world – the first two sectors, which are a series of high-speed sweeps and hard stops, are great fun to drive, while the final sector is a little trickier, because although it’s much slower it requires great precision. Getting the set-up right around here is always a compromise, also.”
He is already looking forward to the penultimate round of the season in Austin, Texas: “After several races of poor luck, it was great to reverse that trend in India. Now, of course, I’ll be looking for another strong finish to carry me into my ‘home’ race in Austin, Texas, next month. I would love to be able to give my ‘home’ fans something extra to cheer about!”
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