Jenson Button: “It’s not over until it’s over…”

Button had a nightmare weekend in Korea

Jenson Button says he’s not giving up on the quest for the 2010 World Championship, despite being a distant fifth in the table with just two races to go.

Having failed to score in Korea the reigning champion has fallen 42 points behind leader Fernando Alonso. However he says he has little to lose by continuing to fight.

“I’ve always said that I will fight until it’s mathematically impossible,” said Button on his website today. “Sure, looking at it written down on paper, you’ve got to admit it’s a long shot, but I’d regret it for the rest of my life if I chose not to go for it, and then circumstances transpired to give me a full run at the title.

“So, for me, the situation’s the same: I’ll be fighting until it’s no longer possible for me. In Formula 1, you just never know it’s totally possible that I could win at Interlagos, take home maximum points and have none of the other title contenders finish. If it’s another wet race, that could easily happen Basically, you learn early on in this sport that it’s not over until it’s over.”

Button says that there is no reason why McLaren can’t be fast in the next race in Brazil.

“Our performance has been a little bit up and down recently. We nearly had the pace to win in Monza, we looked faster than the Red Bulls in Singapore, and our race pace was very good at Suzuka. So it’s difficult to say precisely where we are. In Korea, we looked extremely quick during all the practice sessions, only to see that pace narrow in qualifying and the race. So I think we have every reason to still feel optimistic.

“For Brazil, we’re bringing more updates to the car. That’s something that’s always impressed me about this team the pace of development is just incessant, and everybody is so determined to make the car faster.

“We’re always trying out new parts, and making changes. We haven’t backed off the development stream just yet, so, once again, we’re hopeful of another step forward in performance for Brazil. It’s a track that should suit us, so I’m already looking forward to it.”

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