Jenson must be licking his chops going into this meeting.
There's a very good chance that Jenson "secures" his first Pole since, what, Monaco, 2009 in a Brawn?
All JB needs is to do his job in Q3 (i.e. no "mistakes") and he's virtually guaranteed to start the Chinese GP from P1. I don't think an error free Q3 lap from either of the Mercedes GP boys is likely to prevent that. I also don't think a banzai Q3 lap from either Vettel or Webber is likely to prevent it either. Kimi? A slender, out-side chance...but not a realistic one. Nope!
So, Jenson must be licking his chops knowing that the other McLaren is likely to be separated by some very fast cars and drivers with genuine front-running race pace (namely VET / WEB, RAI / GRO) and he may also have SCH and/or ROS "running interference" for him (while their tyres last).
He'll want to "make hay whilst the sun is shining", so to speak.
You never know, Hamilton might even get 'hit' by Grosjean while tussling for 4th or 5th or 6th through the first series of bends.
The best case scenario for Jenson is a victory from "Pole" with, especially, Hamilton non-scoring. Even if Hamilton finishes 2nd, Button comes out of China leading the WDC again.
It's JB's race - and WDC standings leadership - to lose, frankly. After the howler he had at Malaysia, he'll need to convert this advantage because otherwise it's going to get very tight. Here is a chance to be Whitmarsh's main man at a time of the year when Hamilton's management will be looking at negotiating a contract.
The other advantage Button will have is that - being the highest placed MP4-27 on the grid - he'll have 'first call' to the pits (unless Hamilton wierdly 'jumps' him in the first stint) and he'll have McLaren's pitwall's complete focus in their effort to beat RBR, Lotus and Alonso in the Grand Prix.
Button fans should be licking their chops at the prospects...and hoping he doesn't cock it up!
Edited by ForeverF1, 12 April 2012 - 14:41.
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