Defending F1 World Champion Jenson Button has revealed that he feels fully 'justified' in his decision to jump ship from Brawn GP - now Mercedes Grand Prix - to McLaren-Mercedes for this season, confessing that he is enjoying 'a real buzz' to be battling for the laurels again inside the team that incontrovertibly has momentum on its side.

Eight races into the F1 2010 campaign and Button has won twice - in Australia and China - twice more stood on the second step of the podium and sits just three points shy of team-mate and title-winning predecessor Lewis Hamilton atop the chase for the coveted crown. Contrast that with his previous employer, for whom Nico Rosberg has made the rostrum on only a couple of occasions - in third position both times - and which presently languishes a distant fourth in the constructors' standings, having notched up barely half the points tallied by McLaren.

That is some achievement by a driver who many wrote off prior to the beginning of the season, contending that the 30-year-old would be eaten alive by countryman Hamilton for having had the brazen audacity to enter the lion's den with the expectation of beating him. Thus far, however, honours have been relatively even - and the Woking-based outfit's third one-two of the campaign in the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal six days ago only underlined Button's conviction that right now, he could not possibly be anywhere better.

"It was a fantastic weekend," he enthused, speaking to his personal website. "Firstly, it was great to be back racing in North America again, particularly in Montreal, which we've not visited since 2008. It's a fantastic city and a great track. It has to be one of the best races of the year - it has a great atmosphere, loads of really enthusiastic, passionate and knowledgeable fans and I love driving there!

"I had another great race; on Friday, it was obviously a setback to find that Jakob [Andreasen - race engineer] would have to go home because he was ill, but it shows how much strength-in-depth there is in this team that Phil [Prew - principal race engineer] was able to step right in and take over - and we barely missed a beat. Even though we all missed Jakob, Phil did a great job and second was a great result.

"I've really got to grips with the car now - I really feel like this is one of the most driveable cars I've ever had, and it really doesn't require too much set-up work to produce a good lap time, which is the sign of a good car. I still need to work to find that final tenth or so in qualifying, but I was very satisfied with my race.

"[Qualifying] is not absolutely key, because this year's races have shown that, if you look after the tyres and conserve fuel, then the race can definitely come to you, particularly in the later stages - but now that Lewis and I have a front-running car, it's an area where I'll be directing more focus. I'll admit, Lewis did a pretty phenomenal job in qualifying in Montreal, but he's always been fast around there. We have some improvements in the pipeline that should allow us to take on the Red Bulls in qualifying, so hopefully that will also help."

Button is quick to praise McLaren for having again engineered a superb programme of development with the MP4-25, turning a car that secured two somewhat weather-assisted victories early on in the campaign into arguably the class of the field now, faster even than the hitherto seemingly unassailable Red Bull Racing RB6.

If that upward curve continues, an all-British title duel between the sport's most recent two world champions is far from out-of-the-question - and the Frome-born ace voices his opinion that there should no longer be any doubt at all about the motives behind a team switch that he stresses has been fully vindicated and then some.

"It's no secret," the nine-time grand prix-winner explained of McLaren's improvement. "You just can't believe how hungry this team is, and we really feel like we've moved on a step from where we started the season - obviously we've been pushing all year, but now it feels like we've really gone up a gear. We've really got some momentum.

"While that's most apparent to everyone out on the track, where we notice it is back at the factory, or in the garage, where that difference is really evident. At the McLaren Technology Centre, the guys are working incredibly hard to bring forward new parts. We've already brought some of our updates forward by a race, and we're now planning a much larger upgrade for the Silverstone weekend. Those guys are flat-out, and it shows on-track.

"In the garage, too, I think we're working better than ever. I remember at the start of the year that it was taking me time to adapt the car's set-up over a race weekend, but that's such a distant memory now. We're really able to get the car dialled-in incredibly quickly, and we can always find ways to make it faster. It's such an impressive operation, and I'm really proud to be playing my part alongside Lewis in developing the MP4-25 into a front-runner.

"I always said that I was looking for a new challenge, and that's exactly what I've got; it's exciting to be working and racing alongside Lewis, and it's a real buzz to be the world champion and to be fighting for the championship again. Being in the thick of it is exactly what being a racing driver is all about. This is an incredible season and we should all really enjoy it, and that really struck me after the race on Sunday in the press conference [when] you had three world champions on the podium - when was the last time that happened?

"One of the motivating factors [in his move to McLaren] was being able to watch from the outside how much performance the team was able to bring to last year's car, transforming it from a backmarker into a race-winner. That really struck me, because it not only showed how much development power is available to them, but also how hungry they were to chase performance, particularly when it would have been easier to knock it on the head quite early on and focus on 2010.

"That racer's approach really excited me - and I think [the team's form now] really justifies my decision to join McLaren-Mercedes at the start of the year. I know there were some people who were openly questioning that decision, and my motivation for moving, but I think I've shown that it was the right move."


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