Button: Overtakes on Vettel and Schumacher ‘most memorable’

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Jenson Button has said that his most memorable overtakes were those on Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher while speaking in an interview with the official Formula One website.

Button was speaking as part of a series called ‘The Finishing Line’ in which drivers are asked more personal questions stemming away from the usual ambiguity of press releases, giving a great insight to their lives and memories.

“Overtaking is always a good feeling,” Button explained. “A couple that have been mentioned recently aren’t necessarily the best moves, but were great moments.

“Going past Sebastian [Vettel] on the last lap at Montreal in 2011 to win the race is one.”

Button had endured a torrid race involving a crash with his teammate, a drive-through penalty, numerous safety cars and a red flag which had relegated him to last place. Eventually though, the Briton came through to seize the victory from Vettel on the final lap of the race in Montreal.

“Overtaking Michael Schumacher at my first ever British Grand Prix is another. There were also some special moves in Brazil, in 2009, when I won the world title having started 15th on the grid but finishing fifth to secure the points I needed.”

Button’s performance in Brazil was certainly more impressive than his singing after the checkered flag, with his rendition of Queen’s “We are the Champions” shocking fans all over the world even if he was full of emotion having secured the 2009 drivers’ championship.

You can read the full interview with Jenson Button here.

MRTI: pre-season testing Day 3 notebook

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Day 3 of pre-season testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway saw the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda continue testing for the second day in a row, with each series completing three sessions on what was their final day of running.

Quick reports on both series are below.

Pro Mazda: Cunha Surges to the Front

While Saturday saw Pro Mazda newcomers like Oliver Askew, Parker Thompson, and Rinus VeeKey lead the way, Sunday saw a pair of second-year Pro Mazda drivers take their turns at the top of the speed charts. In the combined results, Juncos Racing’s Carlos Cunha turned the fastest lap of the final session, also good enough to be the outright fastest lap of the weekend, taking advantage of a fresh set of Cooper Tires to do so.

“I’m really happy, Juncos Racing is an amazing team,” Cunha said of the team’s performance. “On track, we are always improving, never going backwards and that’s very good. We have tested a lot but we still need to learn a lot about the car, though we are almost to a perfect setup. The team has given me everything I need to be comfortable inside the car, to know what the car needs, and to know what I need to be a better driver. We have time to improve and we are moving forward quickly.”

Fellow sophomore driver Sting Ray Robb, now with Team Pelfrey, was right behind Cunha in second.

Combined results across both Saturday and Sunday can be found here.

USF2000: Kirkwood, Cape Motorsports Stay On Top of Deep USF2000 Field

New Cape Motorsports driver Kyle Kirkwood, who topped Session 2 on Saturday, stayed on top of the combined speed charts across the weekend on the strength of his best lap from Session 3 of the weekend on Saturday.

Pabst Racing’s Rasmus Lindh was right behind Kirkwood, on the strength of his quick lap from Session 1.

However, Sunday’s running saw a different driver assert his authority, with Kaylen Frederick, Lindh’s teammate at Pabst, turning the fastest lap during the final session.

Frederick ended up fourth in the combined results, which can be viewed here.

The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires will take to the Homestead-Miami road course on Monday for the final day of testing for the Mazda Road to Indy.

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