Jenson Button insists that the fight for the 2010 F1 title is still all to play for despite matching his word points scoring finish of the season in Hungary.
The McLaren driver could only match the eighth place finish he took earlier in the season in Malaysia, with his retirement in Monte Carlo being the only worse result the Briton has taken this season as he seeks to successfully defend his crown.
Button could only qualify eleventh on the grid at the Hungaroring after just missing out on a slot in Q3 by just 0.017s and the lost places at the start when he was forced wide at turn one.
While he battled into the points, eighth place wasn't what the defending champion was looking for at the start of the weekend.
“The weekend started really well: we showed good pace in free practice and I was looking forward to qualifying,” he said. “Unfortunately, that didn't work out, and I started eleventh on the grid.
“I got a good start off the line, but I went four abreast into turn one, and got stuck on the outside, losing about four or five places. From that position, finishing eighth wasn't too bad. I lost a lot of points, and for the team to take home only four points today is disappointing, but there isn't a very big points gap covering the top four drivers – I'm only 14 points behind the championship leader, after all – so it's still all to play for.
“It's been a tough weekend, but we'll come back fighting. We're a very positive and strong team, and we've been in difficult situations before, so we can definitely jump back from this – hopefully as soon as Spa-Francorchamps at the end of this month.”