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Topic - Jenson Button
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for Formula One's season-opening Australian Grand Prix in a rainy qualifying session Saturday, while four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel will start the race from 12th after being caught out by the wet conditions.
Reliability issues that followed Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button as McLaren teammates last season made an appearance in preseason testing in southern Spain on Tuesday.
Sebastian Vettel captured his third straight Formula One championship title Sunday, overcoming a first-lap crash to finish sixth in a Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain.
Lewis Hamilton is moving to Mercedes, replacing seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher in a major shakeup that also saw Sergio Perez sign with McLaren.
British driver Jenson Button will start Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix in pole position after finishing fastest in Saturday's qualifying, with defending champion Sebastian Vettel in11th.
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has wanted to stage a grand prix in central London for years and McLaren's British drivers and former world champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have helped design a track.
McLaren driver Jenson Button was fastest in practice for the Spanish Grand Prix, edging out Formula One leader Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull in a slippery final session Friday that indicated tires will be a big factor in the race.
Lewis Hamilton showed McLaren is again the team to beat in this weekend's Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix by setting the fastest time in both practice sessions Friday.
With Sebastian Vettel already crowned Formula One world champion, Jenson Button leads a group of four drivers fighting for second place with two races remaining.
Formula One champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton hailed fellow Briton Dan Wheldon as a "true fighter" and an "inspirational" figure after the IndyCar driver was killed in a massive crash in Las Vegas.
Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time in Friday's practice sessions for the Singapore Grand Prix.
Formula One champion Jenson Button knows good driving when he sees it and credited the undercover police officer driving his car with getting him and his companions out of a "scary situation" Saturday night.
Formula One championship leader Mark Webber says he will not back down from a challenge on the circuit, even from Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel, as he seeks to protect a narrow advantage in the standings at this weekend's Korean Grand Prix.
"More than any other 2014 race, I think this event will show us the most pronounced difference between 'old F1' and the new formula we have," said McLaren driver Jenson Button, the 2009 champion. "There's far less of an aerodynamic influence here; it's just about bolting as much to the car as possible in a bid to find grip - so I think the engine's influence will be greater."
"The driver was a legend, a great guy, he got us out of trouble," Button told The Associated Press as he arrived at the Interlagos track for Sunday's race.