Brits preview the European Grand Prix

Championship leader Jenson Button looks ahead to this weekend’s European Grand Prix at Valencia where he can expect to be pushed hard by a rejuvanted Lewis Hamilton.

Jenson Button: “It’s going to be great to get back racing again after the summer break and everyone at the team is looking forward to Valencia. I’ve kept pretty busy over the past few weeks with the London Triathlon at the start of the month and then some time to relax with my family and friends but it’s seemed like a long time without a race! Valencia is a beautiful city and the track is quite fun when it goes round the edge of the marina and over the bridge.

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It’s quite challenging for the drivers with so many turns and the added factor of being surrounded by barriers means you have to maintain your concentration. There’s been a lot of work going on at the factory following our shutdown and with the cars at the front being so close at the moment, it will be an interesting weekend.”

Lewis Hamilton “It s great to be getting back to business after the four-week break. I m still buzzing from the win in Hungary and I m hopeful of being able to carry that pace into the Valencia weekend particularly with our new upgrades to the car. It s a very demanding circuit, the kind of place that punishes any mistakes hard. It s quite tight and relatively slow, so it should suit our package. It s also very difficult to overtake, as we discovered last year but, with our KERS, Mercedes-Benz has proved that anything can happen and I m once again hoping that it will provide the difference in the race.”

Source: Brawn GP and McLaren