‘Irritating’ Button cruising to Legends title?

Jamie Woodhouse
Jenson Button

Jan Magnussen thinks only a miracle can stop Jenson Button winning the Legends trophy.

Jan Magnussen says that only a “miracle” can stop Jenson Button winning the Legends Trophy series, jokingly calling him “irritating”.

Button heads into the finale of the Esports series with a 39-point buffer over Emanuele Pirro, while Jan, father of current Haas driver Kevin Magnussen, is another 12 points further back.

But each race offers 50 points for a win, so with two races to come in the final round on Saturday night and 100 points, that title is still there for the taking.

However, Magnussen expects the “irritating” 2009 F1 World Champion Button to get the job done, saying only a “miracle” could stop him.

“I need some luck, or maybe a bit of a miracle, to get a chance of winning the title,” Magnussen told The Race.

“It’s a lot of points to Jenson, who has been irritating since he came here because he’s so bloody good!

“He’s always somebody you measure yourself against. So anytime he’s testing, you try and look at what he’s doing and see if you can learn something because he sure knows what he’s doing.

He’s not only fast but he is also clever and intelligent about the whole thing.

“He scores consistently, so the races that he can’t win he still has really good points and that’s how you win titles.”

The Silverstone Classic circuit which will be used for the final round sports a reprofiled section at the Vale and Club corners compared to the normal Grand Prix version, and Magnussen is expecting a “big challenge”.

“The track is good but it is a big challenge in this car [the Brabham BT44],” he said.

“We’re locked-in with the set-up, so it’s all about how you drive the car, and I think that the Brabham [BT44] is super-easy to overdrive.

“You can get yourself into a situation where you are driving hard and you are pretty much under control, but the lap time is just not coming. You back everything off and then suddenly, something catches on and you find some lap time.”

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