Updated: 04/07/2012 16:34 | By pa.press.net

British win would be special for Button



Jenson Button is looking to finish on the podium for the first time at a British Grand Prix

Jenson Button is looking to finish on the podium for the first time at a British Grand Prix

Jenson Button is finally hoping to realise a long-held dream this weekend to repay all his fans for their support over the years.

Throughout a 12-and-a-half-year career in Formula One in which he has competed in 218 grands prix, Button has won the world title, 13 races and stepped on to the podium 45 times overall. Yet remarkably, in 12 previous attempts, a top-three finish in the British Grand Prix still eludes him, never mind victory.

"I've always thought about what it would be like to win the British Grand Prix. I've imagined it, of course," said the 32-year-old McLaren driver to Press Association Sport.

"(Team-mate) Lewis (Hamilton) won it in '08. That was the last time a British driver did so.

"Now I want to win it. That has to be my aim for this weekend, and it would be something to give to the fans."

Button has already admitted he will shed a tear this weekend if he does break his podium jinx, but knows he cannot afford to let such a hoodoo get to him.

The ideal scenario on Sunday for the majority of a 125,500 sell-out crowd would be to have Button and Hamilton on the podium, maybe even Force India's Paul di Resta if the Scot can blaze his own trail.

It has been 13 years since two Britons finished in the top three at Silverstone, with Hamilton admitting: "It would definitely be very historic to have us both up there."

Winner of the British GP in 2008 en route to his world title that year, Hamilton has no doubts Button will end his home hoodoo.

Hamilton said:"Although he's not been on the podium, it's not been for a lack of ability, it's been for a lack of opportunity, the lack of a car, reliability and stuff.

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