Button not expecting much from Bahrain GP

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Jenson Button has conceded that he is not expecting much from tomorrow’s Bahrain Grand Prix, and he will be happy to score some points.

The British driver qualified 10th for McLaren, and he only just made it into the final qualifying session in Sakhir today.

“I don’t want people to expect too much out of us. It’s going to be a tough day tomorrow,” Button explained.

“We’re always going to be positive and every time I jump in the car I try to go as quick as I can.”

Upon hearing that he had made it into Q3, Button cheered sarcastically over the radio. McLaren has struggled so far this season, and the 2009 world champion believes that an alternative strategy will be required if they are to score in Bahrain.

“Most of the time we are doing something different to other people because we have to. We’ll see what we can do. Maybe a two-stop strategy is on the cards.

“We’re definitely on for points and it would be good to come away with both cars in the points.”

With Sergio Perez qualifying 12th, McLaren will be looking to utilize their strategy in order to secure some points in Bahrain. With Button free to choose which tire he starts on, he could repeat his performance in China where he finished a strong 5th.

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Pippa Mann, breast cancer survivors paint IMS’ start/finish line pink

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We’ve written a fair bit on MotorSportsTalk about the efforts Pippa Mann has done in working with the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer awareness. Susan G. Komen has supported Mann’s last two runs at the Indianapolis 500, when she’s driven the No. 63 Honda for Dale Coyne Racing.

This being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the awareness hit a new level with Mann working alongside breast cancer survivors to paint the start/finish line at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s iconic Yard of Bricks pink for the day.

IMS president Doug Boles also joined in the opportunity.

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Mercedes set to clinch F1 constructors’ championship in Russia

SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 08:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP speaks with members of the media in the paddock during previews to the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on October 8, 2015 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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For the second year in a row, Mercedes is poised to wrap up the Formula 1 constructors’ championship in Sochi at this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.

Mercedes won its first F1 teams’ title in Russia last year, having returned to the sport as a works constructor in 2010. When it last enjoyed such status in the 1950s, there was no championship for the teams.

Just as it did in 2014, Mercedes has dominated proceedings in F1 this season, winning all but three races and sweeping to eight one-two finishes to leave drivers Lewis Hamilton (pictured) and Nico Rosberg battling for the drivers’ title for the second straight year.

Now, Mercedes seeks the knock-out blow in the constructors’ title race by officially wrapping it up in Sochi this weekend.

To do so, the team must simply outscore rivals Ferrari by three points this weekend. The lead currently stands at 169 points, with 215 still on offer. After Sochi, there will be 172 remaining.

“We return to Russia with positive memories from last season, when the team sealed the first constructors’ title for Mercedes-Benz with a one-two finish,” team boss Toto Wolff said.

“A repeat performance in Sochi would be fantastic and this is absolutely the target – but we are under no illusions that it will come easy. The job is not done yet.”

The tire allocation for this weekend’s race could pose problems to Mercedes just as it did in Singapore, potentially allowing Ferrari to spoil the party and delay the victory celebrations at Brackley.

However, if the form book is to be trusted, Sochi could be playing host to another Mercedes party on Sunday night with a second world title in the bag for the Silver Arrows.