Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fan-Tastic Backing No Silver Lining for Button

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fan-Tastic Backing No Silver Lining for Button

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Jenson Button has been warned by two of his great rivals to expect little help from an expectant British crowd looking to roar their hero on to victory this weekend.

Silverstone is sold out as more than 100,000 fans flock to the Northamptonshire track for the British Grand Prix, many to support Button in his quest to win his home race and secure his first triumph since making his Formula One debut in 2000.

The BAR star has come close to standing on top of the podium this year, twice finishing runner-up, but he has yet to savour that winning feeling.

The hope is the 24-year-old can finally emerge victorious on Sunday and lift a nation disappointed with their sporting heroes during a summer in which England's footballers, one-day cricketers, rugby players and Tim Henman have failed to deliver.

Six-times world champion Michael Schumacher, however, believes it is up to Button to lift himself because the fans are in no position to do that for him given the solitary nature of the cockpit in a Formula One race car.

He said: "Motor racing is different to football because we have an engine in the back which makes noise and we have a helmet around our ears which stops the noise. …

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