Button accepts British GP podium will stay a step too far

Tue Jul 5, 2016 8:17am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Jenson Button has not stood on the British Grand Prix podium in 16 attempts and, heading into what could be his last chance on Sunday, accepts it may never happen.

The McLaren Formula One driver's best result on home soil is fourth -- in 2004, 2010 and 2014.

"We won't be fighting for a podium. There is another British guy (Mercedes's triple champion Lewis Hamilton) that will be, but I won't have that opportunity which is a shame," the 36-year-old Button told reporters.

Whether he will get another chance, only time will tell.

Out of contract at the end of the season, but linked to Williams on the paddock rumor mill, the 2009 world champion said he would not be treating the weekend as a farewell.

"There is no point thinking it might be my last because then I have to go through those emotions again if it isn't my last," he said.

"In a way it would be a shame if I didn't think of it as my last, and it was my last. But then again I don't want to go into the weekend thinking 'Oh, it is going to be my last' - and get to the end of the year and think 'I want to do another'."

Button has 15 wins to his credit and has won in Monaco, Spa and Suzuka among the classic circuits. He also has the biggest prize of all, won with Brawn GP, to console him.   Continued...

Formula One - Russian Grand Prix - Sochi, Russia - 30/4/16 - McLaren Honda Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain waves after the qualifying session. REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov