Button relaxed despite championship brink

Jenson Button was relaxed when he spoke to the press on Thursday, even though he could secure his lifelong dream in Japan by the end of the weekend. The Briton can mathematically put his only title rivals Rubens Barrichello and Sebastian Vettel...

Jenson Button was relaxed when he spoke to the press on Thursday, even though he could secure his lifelong dream in Japan by the end of the weekend.

The Briton can mathematically put his only title rivals Rubens Barrichello and Sebastian Vettel out of reach for the world championship at Suzuka, but he insisted that simply doing well at this race is his only target for now.

"I don't come into the race thinking I am going to seal the title here," said the Brawn driver. "There are so many things that can happen this weekend. There are three people in the running for the title and I am one of them.

"The most important thing for me to do is to work as hard as I can on Friday and Saturday to get the car right for qualifying and the race," the 29-year-old added.

"I shouldn't be thinking about anything else."

Team chief executive Nick Fry said Button is not nervous.

"I find it very interesting that on an operational basis I have not seen nerves get to him at all," he is quoted as saying by the Daily Star newspaper.

"On the other hand, it would be ridiculous to say anyone in that position is not going to feel the pressure," Fry added.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Rubens Barrichello , Sebastian Vettel , Nick Fry