Jenson Button has indicated that he will continue the cautious approach he has followed recently by not taking any “unusual risks” at next weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix.
Button has widely been criticised for not being aggressive enough, but his slowly-but-surely style has meant that he has the chance of wrapping up the world championship if he finishes five points or more ahead of team-mate Rubens Barrichello at Suzuka.
“It’s another race. People say that if I finish five points in front of Rubens I can win the championship. I know that’s a fact, for sure. But my aim is to win the world championship and I’m not going to take any unusual risks,” the Frome flyer was quoted as saying by Autosport.
“I’m just going to drive like I have been and hopefully that will be enough.”
He defended his recent strategy in the strongest terms yet, by saying that although the car had not been the fastest recently he had still gleaned valuable points.
“The important thing is to make the most out of the good times, but also the difficult times. When it’s difficult you need to pick the points up and that’s what I have been trying to do.”
He also spoke of his love for the Suzuka circuit, to which the F1 circus returns this weekend after a lay-off in Fuji. Button has had some good results at the track, which is renowned for rewarding skill and daring, as well as providing entertaining racing.
“I love it [the track]. I think everyone loves Suzuka, and that’s the problem. I wish they didn’t. But it’s a circuit I’ve enjoyed in the past and where I’ve gone well, so it’s nice to be back there.”