Jenson Button has denied that he is under pressure this weekend in Brazil, as he looks to wrap up the world championship by finishing third or higher.
Button is being chased by team-mate Rubens Barrichello, who has had the better second half of the season, and young charger Sebastian Vettel, who has noted that he has nothing to lose. But the Frome flyer refused to concede the pressure was on him at a press conference earlier today.
“Sebastian saying the pressure is on us is not quite the case, it is the same for all of us. We are all fighting for the championships, it is the first time for me, Sebastian and maybe Rubens,” Button told a news conference.
“It is an exciting situation to be in, but I am the one with the lead.
“We are all fighting for something that is far greater than we have achieved in the past. I woke up with a smile on my face, I don’t think it adds to the pressure knowing that you could win the world championship, it adds to the excitement for sure. I am positive.”
Button could make himself the second British world champion in two years, following Lewis Hamilton’s triumph in 2008. The Brawn man has been hotly tipped by David Coulthard, among others, to secure the championship this weekend. All will become clear as the relative competitiveness of the cars plays out, beginning with free practice tomorrow.