Disregards the pole to win ratio in Turkey
After being beaten to the pole position by Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull Renault, Jenson Button
was relatively calm and in fact welcomed the competition ahead of Sunday’s 58-lap Turkish Grand Prix.
"It's nice to be on
front row and it’s a great place to be for tomorrow," said the runaway championship leader. "Obviously well done to Sebastian for pipping us and it is great that we have got a lot of competition out there. It is not just the Red Bulls and the Brawns but also the Ferraris are quick as well and the Toyotas, so it is good.”
The Brawn Mercedes driver may welcome the competition from Vettel, but he is not too interested in the statistics that show that in all four events held at Istanbul Park, the pole-sitter has gone on to win the race.
"It is a pity we could not get pole but you are always going to say that when you are starting P2 but I am very happy to be where I am and looking forward to the race," he said.
"We all love statistics and as you say every pole position man here has won. We are going to try and change that tomorrow and I am looking forward to it. I think this is a circuit where you can have a lot of fun and you can overtake and it should be a good race to watch hopefully."
With a 28 points lead over Vettel in the championship, Button can certainly afford to play it safe at the start if he chooses to do so as he knows that the Red Bull driver will be making his first stop slightly before he is forced into the pitlane.