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Button keen to look forward

Jenson Button looks forwards after a difficult race in Germany ends in a second straight retirement
Jenson Button said he was keen to put the disappointment of the German Grand Prix behind him after being forced to retire at the Nurburgring.

The McLaren driver endured a frustrating race day after a poor start saw him drop to tenth place on the opening lap, although the Briton did well to fight his way back up the order to sixth place – with Renault's Vitaly Petrov in particular making it far from easy for the 2009 title winner to make up places.

However, having just moved ahead of the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg, Button was forced to return to the pits to retire with a hydraulic issue, with his focus already turned to the Hungarian Grand Prix next weekend for what will be his 200th F1 race.

“First, I'd like to congratulate Lewis on a fantastic victory this afternoon,” he said. “He's done a great job all weekend and this result gives everyone in the team a massive boost ahead of next weekend's race in Hungary.

“As for my race, I had a terrible opening lap. I got too much wheelspin away from the line and had to fight my way back from 10th place. I got stuck behind Vitaly, who was very difficult to pass because he moved a lot in the braking areas. But once I'd passed him, I enjoyed fighting back through the field.

“I'd just overtaken Nico for sixth when my power steering started to get heavy. Soon after, we retired the car on safety grounds because we had a hydraulic issue. It was a very disappointing end, but these things sometimes happen in motor racing and you just have to put it behind you and move on.

“Already I've turned my attention to next weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix, where I hope to have better luck. Vodafone McLaren Mercedes goes there on the back of a win and it's my intention to be back on the podium for my 200th grand prix.”

Team boss Martin Whitmarsh also backed Button to bounce back in Budapest, the scene of his maiden victory while driving for Honda.

“Jenson had a difficult weekend and his race ended prematurely today as a result of a hydraulic failure,” he said. “He'll be disappointed, inevitably, but he's a magnificent team player, and a fabulous driver, and I'm sure he'll bounce back in Budapest next weekend.”


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scampsuzi - Unregistered

July 25, 2011 10:55 AM

I'm at a loss to understand how Jensen can be so philosophical with all the dreadful misfortunes which have beset him this year. Monaco, should have won, Silverstone, in a very good position and now Germany where a good points finish was looking possible. McLaren must love him because he never seems to have a go at them! He is some team player!.



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