McLaren must find momentum fast in Belgium, says Button
Saturday 21 August 2010
Jenson Button has stressed the urgency of McLaren rediscovering their form if they are to have any chance of capturing the Formula One world titles this season.
McLaren went into the last grand prix in Hungary leading the constructors' championship, and with Button and team-mate Lewis Hamilton second and first respectively in the drivers' standings.
They emerged from it, however, losing the lead in both after their worst weekend of the year as Hamilton retired with a gearbox issue while Button could only finish eighth.
Worse for McLaren is that they realised how far they are behind in terms of performance compared to Red Bull Racing, while Ferrari have also now drawn level.
Much has been made of the legality of the front wing on both the Red Bull and Ferrari, with new regulations due to come into force ahead of next weekend's Belgian Grand Prix that may aid McLaren.
If so, Button knows McLaren have to take full advantage of the Spa circuit and the track at Monza for the following Italian Grand Prix before the five-race fly-away end to the campaign begins.
"We head into the Belgian Grand Prix knowing we have some catching up to do," said Button.
"We didn't have a particularly strong race in Hungary, and the whole team wants to get back to the front again as quickly as possible.
"While we're optimistic the bodywork rules clarification will close the gap among the top teams, and that Spa and Monza should suit our package better than the Hungaroring, it's still important we regain the momentum we'd reached earlier this season.
"While I don't think these two European races will be pivotal to the title fight, it will nonetheless be harder to introduce bigger upgrades to the car at the end-of-season fly-aways. So it's important for the whole team we score well in both events."
Button is particularly eager to do well in Spa following a first-lap crash last year at a time when he was coming under pressure in the title fight. The 30-year-old was forced to watch the remainder of the race from the Brawn GP garage after being hit by then Renault driver Romain Grosjean. "I love racing at Spa. It's one of the truly great circuits and a grand prix I'd love to win," added Button.
Liam Neeson's Downton dreams
Thriller is set in the secret world of British espionage
Bomber jacket worn by Mary Berry sells out within an hour
Everton vs Wolfsburg match report: Tim Howard hands Everton clear advantage
Think before you ink: Manchester United fan gets Sir Alex Ferguson tattoo - and will regret it for the rest of his life
Paul Scholes column: Rio Ferdinand and John Terry row was bad but they could have kept playing for England
Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal: Mesut Ozil given the worst rating possible by German newspaper Bild after poor performance
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
- 2 iOS 8 is full of shiny new features - but it's terrible news for app developers
- 3 Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
- 4 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 5 Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'