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Button Defends his Qualifying Performances

Thursday August 2nd, 2001

Jenson Button has defended his performances in qualifying this season and said he is not desperate to beat Benetton teammate Giancarlo Fisichella.

Although Button has outqualified his teammate just twice this season, he stressed the importance of working with Italian Fisichella rather than pushing hard to beat him.

"The races are on Sunday which is the most important thing," said Button. "Some people have to understand that you don't win anything on Saturdays.

"He (Fisichella) has been quicker than me in qualifying and that shouldn't happen, but that's something I am trying to work on now. These next few races I am quite confident I can do it. It can't get worse any more which is the good thing, I think I've already hit the bottom.

"Beating Giancarlo is not really the main aim so we don't really talk in the team about beating your teammate. We try and work together to get the best out of the car and move us forward. I don't want to be beating Fisichella on the back of the grid I want to be fighting with my team-mate on the front row."

Published at 15:56:24 GMT

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