The Briton, as well as his teammate Rubens Barrichello, has endured two dramatically uncompetitive seasons with the team, and in 2008 he was the lowest-placed of all the manufacturer-backed drivers.

Jenson Button is hoping for "a bit more" than podiums when he lines up on the 2009 grid with Honda.

The Briton, as well as his teammate Rubens Barrichello, has endured two dramatically uncompetitive seasons with the team, and in 2008 he was the lowest-placed of all the manufacturer-backed drivers.

Honda, however, abandoned development of the RA108 very early this year to focus entirely on the 2009 car, and team boss Ross Brawn has publicly declared the likelihood of podiums next season.

"Ross has said we will get podiums and be at the same sort of level as BMW. But I'm hoping for a bit more," Button, 28, told The Sun, explaining that "challenging for wins" is his own goal for 2009.

"We need to be very positive and I can't wait to get out there and test the new car."

A new contract for Button has yet to be signed for 2009, but he indicated to the British newspaper that he will certainly stay with the Japanese squad.

 

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