Button puts his money on Schumi

Thu, 28 September 2006, 04:15

According to Reuters, Jenson Button is tipping Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher to win the remaining three races of the season and walk away from Formula One as an eight-times world champion.

“I think the Ferrari is very strong,” the Briton, a first-time winner for Honda in Hungary last August, told Reuters at the Chinese Grand Prix on Thursday.

“These three circuits are the sort that might suit them well, and if Bridgestone have got their act together they will be very quick.

“There is a very good chance that he (Schumacher) could win three in a row.

“This isn’t his favourite circuit, looking at past races, but he’s quick in Suzuka and Brazil and I think the car will work well at those two and also here,” added Button.

If his prediction proves correct, the Briton would be Michelin’s last race winner before the French tyre manufacturer departs the sport and leaves Ferrari’s partners Bridgestone as sole supplier in 2007.

Asked whether he would bet on Schumacher winning the championship, Button replied: “I probably would. I think a lot of people would as well, looking at the pace of the Ferrari at the moment.

“People used to say (McLaren’s) Kimi (Raikkonen) was not very quick in Japan and he won last year. I really don’t think it’s going to be a problem for Michael here,” he added.

“He might have had two bad years, for whatever reason, but he should be able to be quick here and he’s got the championship at stake.”


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