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Button vows to go for it on Sunday

Brawn Grand Prix's Jenson Button has said that he will give it everything on Sunday in order to try and stop the rot - and defend his championship lead, which has been cut back in recent events.

Button, who is 18.5 points up on his nearest rival, Mark Webber, will start the eleventh round in this year's series from fifth, behind the McLaren's of Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen, as well as his team-mate, Rubens Barrichello and Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel.

Significantly he will also start alongside Kimi Raikkonen - and with the Finn one of only four drivers in a KERS powered machine, he may well struggle to keep the Ferrari man behind off the line.

Speaking following qualifying for the European Grand Prix, Button said an error on his one and only Q3 lap definitely cost him a place or two on the grid.

"It was a pretty good qualifying session for the team today and the car felt strong throughout. Unfortunately I made a mistake at turn four on my quick lap which compromised my position as I had just the one flying lap on my final run in Q3,” the Englishman confirmed.

“It's a shame as the potential was there for more but fifth on the grid is not bad at all. The car is feeling pretty good with fuel so we will see what the race will bring tomorrow. It's not a great circuit for overtaking but I'll be giving it everything for a good result."

Barrichello meanwhile managed to put his car in third place and the Brazilian was well pleased to be 'best of the rest' after the dominant McLarens.

"A great qualifying today but it was tough out there,” he reflected. “We started the weekend well with a thorough job on Friday to get the best out of the set-ups that the guys worked on back at the factory. They did a great job and the car is in good shape with the tyres working quite well here in the heat.

“I went for a slightly different strategy to Jenson with just one new tyre run over two laps in Q3. The second lap was perhaps a bit too much for the tyres which started overheating and unfortunately I lost the car on turn eight.

“I'm really pleased with third place though and it's great to have the car back to a competitive pace."



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