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Jenson Button looks forward to tackling Eau Rouge corner

Jenson Button believes “big b***s” will be needed to tackle one of the most fearsome corners in Formula One this weekend.

The legendary Eau Rouge represents a different challenge to the 24 drivers on the grid for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix around Spa as they will have up to 150 kilos worth of fuel on board.

That makes the uphill left-right sweep an even more hair-raising proposition than normal, particularly if running side-by-side with a rival.

“The first lap is pretty manic anyway, with a wide start but then it narrows up at turn one,” said Button.

“Then you have Eau Rouge, side by side through there on 150 kilos hitting the floor, it's going to be pretty crazy.

“It will be a buzz. You have to have big b***s, and I've bought them this weekend.

“It will be F1's version of chicken going through there. It will be a case of how stupid can you be, rather than how brave.

“But at least there is a bit of run off on the exit and if you do have to go side by side you can take avoiding action.

“Hopefully I'll be so far in the lead that it won't really matter.”

Button goes into the race 14 points behind championship leader Mark Webber and without a win since mid-April, a run of eight races, when he took the chequered flag in China.

After recovering from the tonsilitis he suffered during the recent summer break, reigning world champion Button added: “This is a good circuit for us, as well as Monza for the next race.

“I'm very happy these two races have come at this point because it gives us time to work on developing the car for the last five where you have to run a lot more downforce.

“I can't see any reason why we can't be competitive here.

“So if we don't score heavily at these next two races then it will hurt us a lot.

“It doesn't end the championship if we don't score well here and we're not leading, but they are important, and it will make the last five even more difficult.”

Michael Schumacher has finally apologised to Rubens Barrichello 25 days after nearly running the Brazilian into a concrete wall dur

ing the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Barrichello was millimetres from being forced into the pit wall after Schumacher moved to his right in attempting to block the Williams driver from overtaking.

Schumacher defended his actions immediately after the race, although the stewards did not see his point of view as he was handed a 10-place grid penalty for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.

The outcry that followed led to Schumacher expressing his regret the following day, albeit in a half-hearted way via a message on his personal website.

Schumacher simply said ‘sorry' on the basis that it was not his intention to endanger Barrichello's life with his manoeuvre.

But Schumacher has now contacted his former Ferrari team-mate to offer a proper apology.

Barrichello, who this weekend celebrates his landmark 300th grand prix, said: “I received a message from him today, an SMS.

“I just said ‘thank you, no problem'. I accepted it, wished him a good weekend, life goes on.”

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