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McLAREN boss Martin Whitmarsh has warned Jenson Button not to blow his Formula One world title bid by being too cautious.

Two years ago McLaren were overaggressive and Lewis Hamilton missed out by a point, while last year they were too defensive at Interlagos and nearly lost the title again.

Hamilton managed to take the crown but only after being forced to make a dramatic overtaking move on Timo Glock in the final corner of the last lap.

With two races to go Button is in a strong position to win the title as the British driver is 14 points up on Brawn GP team-mate Rubens Barrichello and 16 ahead of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

But the 29-year-old can't afford to tread too carefully today in Brazil after Barrichello took pole position for his home Grand Prix.

Button has his work cut out after he trailed home in 14th place in the rain-hit qualifying session while Vettel is in 16th spot.

And Whitmarsh believes Button will now have to walk a fine line between safety and aggression.

He said: "In 2007 our team made some mistakes when we went flat out when we didn't need to. Lewis was new at that time and we should have guided him better.

"So after what happened there was enormous pressure on Lewis.

"In the final Grand Prix in Brazil we took a defensive strategy and it turned into a difficult race.

"With two races left this time Jenson doesn't have to go all out and try to win but he can't be too defensive either.

"If he does the job normally, with the car he has and with his points advantage he should win the title so he shouldn't be too cautious."

Elsewhere on the grid, Red Bull's Mark Webber is in second spot behind Barrichello while Force India's Adrian Sutil is third.


Braziliant: Rubens Barrichello celebrates after claiming pole Rain pain: Jenson Button struggled in the rain at Interlagos and could only manage 14th place on the grid as he tries to home in on the title
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 18, 2009
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