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Button plays down F1 title chances

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Formula One championship leader Jenson Button says he will focus on scoring points rather than his chances of sealing the drivers' title in Japan this weekend.

The 29-year-old only needs to notch up five points more than his Brawn GP team-mate Rubens Barrichello to win the crown, but he insisted he was chiefly concerned with having a good race.

He said: "It's a very fast-flowing circuit and I think every driver enjoys racing here but I don't come into this race thinking I'm going to seal the title here.

"There are so many possibilities this weekend, there are three people who can still challenge for the championship and I'm one of them."

If Button clinches the title at Suzuka, it will be a second successive British triumph after Lewis Hamilton's success last year.

He added: "The most important thing I can do is work as hard as I can on Friday and Saturday to get the car right for qualifying and the race and have a good race, shouldn't be thinking about anything else."

At the Singapore Grand Prix last weekend Button overcame a poor qualifying session to finish fifth, one place ahead of Barrichello.

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