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BUTTON LOOKS TO HAUL IN RED BULLS


Jenson Button is hoping for a mixed-up, crazy weekend that will see Red Bull Racing stripped of their 'untouchables' tag.

In terms of pace in qualifying, no team has been able to live with Red Bull so far this season as they have been on pole in all five grands prix, locking out the front row three times.

In Barcelona on Saturday for the Spanish Grand Prix they destroyed their rivals as Mark Webber finished a second quicker than Button's McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who started third.

That shook up the rest of the grid, who at least have been buoyed by the fact Red Bull have not always followed up their qualifying form with race pace on Sunday.

Everybody is now hoping Monaco's unpredictability will throw up a different grid for the Sunday, and that Red Bull will not be so far in the ascendancy as they have been.

"If you look at every race this season the Red Bulls have qualified on pole, whatever the conditions and whatever the type of circuit," said reigning world champion Button.

"And if you look at their pace in qualifying in Barcelona, you would say they are pretty untouchable. I don't think we expected that after Friday (practice).

"But Monaco is a very different race. The cars work a different way here.

"They are going to be quick, but I am hoping the gap is not quite what it was in Barcelona, and I also think it will be a bit more mixed up here.

"Our race pace is better than our qualifying pace compared to them, as Lewis was able to show in Barcelona.

"It's only three or four tenths (of a second) in a race, compared to a second in qualifying, so it's not as horrendous as it looked in Barcelona on Saturday.

"There is a lot of work we still need to do to catch them. Monaco is going to be a tough weekend, but hopefully we can pull it out and have a good one."

Button is also expecting qualifying to culminate in angry scenes and a number of potential penalties should the slow-coach new boys wreak havoc.

With Lotus, Virgin and Hispania Racing likely to be over seven seconds per lap slower during the initial 20-minute session, problems will arise and sparks might fly.

"If it is wet it is going to be pretty crazy out there, especially with so many cars," added Button ahead of today's practice.

"It will be mad in the dry, but in the wet pretty impossible to get a clear lap

"It will be tricky in Q1, but I'm sure we'll cope. A few of us will be angry and unhappy at the end of Q1, but we all have to deal with the same situation.

"It's the same for all of us. Some of us will get lucky, some of us won't.

"But there are going to be




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