Button rules out podium

Button rules out podium
Jenson Button (with cap on) participating in a radio-controlled car race with South West district students (from left) Ng Kai Jun, Ng Hong Xiang and Muhammad Ainul, as part of ExxonMobil in Singapore's 120th anniversary celebration at Ion Orchard. ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA

He beat three finalists in a radio- controlled car race on Wednesday, but Jenson Button has conceded that it might be the only race he is going to win here.

The two-time Formula One SingTel Singapore Grand Prix runner- up has been struggling with his McLaren team this season and is not counting on repeating his best result this year.

When asked about his chances of a podium finish, the Briton said: "People have to be very unlucky and we have to be very lucky.

"We are going to be positive and say yes, but in reality, I don't think that's possible.

"Our best result this year has been fifth, and I think we should aim for that here."

Even with his intimate knowledge of the Marina Bay track, the 33-year-old feels that an uphill task awaits his team in the night race.

The 2009 world champion was frank in his assessment of his race car during on Wednesday's ExxonMobil and Mobil One "The One Legacy Tour" event, saying: "It's not quick enough.

"We definitely know how to build a car. We just made mistakes with building this car.

"We did try some things with this car but we weren't sure if they would work, and we took a gamble in a way. "Maybe, we were a little too brave."

At the Italian Grand Prix earlier this month, the team made a mistake with the gear ratios which contributed to Button's disappointing 10th-placed finish.

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