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Button to fans: 'Don't expect repeat of Oz Grand Prix win in Malaysia'

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London, Mar.31 (ANI): Australia Grand Prix 2010 champion Jenson Button has warned his fans not to expect another sensational victory at this Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Button, 30, romped home in Australia last weekend and had triumphed in torrential rain in Sepang last year.

"It was a tremendous achievement in Melbourne and it's given every single member of the team even greater enthusiasm. Even so, we travel to Sepang mindful that the characteristics of the circuit probably won't suit our car as well some of the others - but we will be in there fighting," The Sun quoted a cautious Button, as saying.

"We're only two races in but the development race will already be starting to have an influence on performance. It's the rate of improvement that will influence the battle at the front and I'm confident we can deliver in this area," he added.

"We have the firepower to develop faster than our key rivals," Button said

Team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who was a disappointing sixth in Australia, was also optimistic about his car being stronger in Malaysia this year after last season's seventh-placed finish.

But the 2008 Formula One champion said he expected McLaren to have problems matching their rivals in qualifying.

Hamilton, 25, said: "I'm heading to Malaysia optimistic of a good result as we've got a car that will be far better suited to the circuit than we did last year. It's a fast circuit that requires a well-balanced car with good down force. It's similar to Barcelona, where we tested well before the season."

"But I still think it might be difficult to make up the difference needed in qualifying," he added. (ANI)

Story first published: Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 10:46 [IST]
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