Motor Racing: Button Hoping for Home Run to Victory in United States Race; MOTOR RACING

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Motor Racing: Button Hoping for Home Run to Victory in United States Race; MOTOR RACING


Byline: BY ALASTAIR MOFFITT Daily Post Correspondent

JENSON Button will be inspired by baseball's most successful team, the New York Yankees, when he attempts to rescue his season in this weekend's United States Grand Prix.

The Englishman put another trying weekend at the track behind him by taking time out in New York between the Canadian and US Grands Prix, sampling the American national sport.

He finished ninth in Montreal but got to taste victory in the Big Apple when he watched the 26-time World Series winners beat the Atlanta Braves, picking up a souvenir or two in the process.

"I've been in New York which was quite nice," he said at Indianapolis. "I relaxed for a couple of days and went to see the New York Yankees which was good fun - I got a cap and a T-shirt.

"I went with a mate and they won which was really good."

However, even a top-line Formula One driver, familiar as he is with complex engineering theory, found statistics-obsessed baseball a challenge.

He added: "Trying to understand American sport is so difficult. When you watch it, it's okay but listening to the commentary it is just impossible."

The 26-year-old may have been half the world away from home and the pressures of being Britain's great hope in Formula One, but he got an unexpected taste of Blighty at his pounds 600-a-night hotel.

"I met up with a couple of friends and had a short break," he said. "The weirdest thing was it was British week in the hotel, so we arrived and it was fish and chips while watching the footy - it was great."

That is likely to be the most fun Button has in the US, with the Honda driver expecting another tough weekend.

He has scored just three points in the last five races and with no time to improve his troubled car since Montreal, he expects another hard slog. …

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