Jenson Button says he is looking to get back in the hunt for the 2010 F1 title at Monza after the disappointment he suffered in the Belgian Grand Prix.
Despite damage to his car, Button was well-placed in second behind McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton when he was forced to retire after being hit by the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel at the Bus Stop.
With Hamilton going on to win the race, the McLaren pair are now split by 35 points in the championship standings with Button targeting a strong run at Monza to keep him in contention for a second successive crown.
“Obviously, my non-finish in Spa wasn't ideal for my championship aspirations, so I head to Monza next weekend determined to put myself back in the hunt for the title,” he said. “Our pace over the whole weekend in Belgium was extremely encouraging – we're developing the car at a very rapid rate, and we're learning more about it all the time, so I'm optimistic that we'll be able to maintain that form in Italy next weekend.
“We still have some work to do to make sure the package we bring to Italy is perfectly suited to the track, but I'm confident that our engineers have made some good steps forward with their understanding of our car, so we should be in good shape.
“I love racing at Monza – it's a totally unique experience; running minimal downforce at incredible speeds along the straights, and then coping with the lack of grip, and an extremely skittish car, through the low-speed stuff. Given the competitiveness at the front of the field, this could be an intense, thrilling grand prix.”
Team principal Martin Whitmarsh insisted that the team was ready to give its all to try and help Button kick-start his title bid again in Italy as it refuses to throw its support behind one driver – instead preferring to keep giving equal support to both Button and Hamilton.
“After Jenson's unfortunate failure to finish in Belgium, we are determined to reignite his championship push next weekend to get him back into the hunt for the drivers' title,” he said. “It's no secret that there's a tremendous amount of fight in this team – and I'm proud of every single person's efforts to provide us with a winning edge. We know how to win races and world championships, and, clearly, we will once again be pushing for victory this weekend.”