Button seeks to get title bid back on track

© Ubaid Parkar, 18 June 2012
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Jenson Button may be slowly inching away from the championship leaders this year after several successive poor results but he is not giving up on his title hopes just yet.

The McLaren driver won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in March and even registered a podium finish in China, but has scored just two points in the remaining five races.

The 2009 world champion has particularly struggled at the last three Grands Prix, failing to qualify in the top ten in Spain and Monaco, and was set to be excluded from the final shootout in Canada before Pastor Maldonado crashed his Williams at the final corner in Q2.

Teammate Lewis Hamilton in contrast is leading the standings with a top ten finish in all races this season highlighted by four podiums including a win and has nearly twice the points to that of Button.

“The last few races haven’t delivered the results I’d like, but there are still 13 races to go," the 2009 world champion pointed out ahead of the upcoming European Grand Prix. "We’ve had seven different winners and no clear championship leader has emerged, so I’ll be looking to get a decent result under my belt in order to get my title bid back on track."

The 32-year-old had a forgettable weekend at the preceding Canadian Grand Prix losing track time due to technical issues during Friday practice, which cost him set-up work and adequate data to tackle Sunday's race.

Team principal Martin Whitmarsh had admitted that McLaren failed to provide Button with the tools "with which to do the brilliant job" in Montreal, an aspect vital for the tight championship battle.

"You need to prepare for every race as meticulously as possible. Nothing must be left to chance," noted Lotus team principal Eric Boullier. "This said, there’s nothing we can do in case of a change of climatic conditions or technical failure."


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