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Button: It's been cr*p since Canada

Jenson Button prepares for his 200th F1 race and seeks to end a run of form that he is far from happy with
Jenson Button will hope to end a wretched run of form this weekend when he returns to the scene of his maiden F1 victory in Hungary.

The 2009 title winner secured his first F1 win at the Hungaroring back in 2006 while with Honda, although that success is the only time he has taken to the podium at the circuit near Budapest.

Button heads into the race sitting fifth in the championship but in the midst of a difficult run of results since his stunning success in the Canadian Grand Prix last month.

Since then, the McLaren man had to settle for sixth in Valencia before back-to-back retirements in his home event at Silverstone and in the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.

Speaking ahead of the Hungarian race – which will mark his 200th F1 start - Button said he was keen to try and end his recent run of poor form and make the most of the pace shown by team-mate Lewis Hamilton in Germany.

"The frustrating thing is in leading up to Canada I had a great race in Barcelona, a great one in Monaco, and then obviously a great one in Canada," he told the Press Association. "But since then it's been crap. The pace wasn't there in Valencia, where I had a KERS failure, then at Silverstone the wheel fell off, and in Germany I had a hydraulics failure, so it's not been great. They're all things I couldn't have done anything about, so all I can do now is hope we get some reliability for the next few races.

"Moving forward, the next one is my 200th, a very special race for me, and lots of memories from the previous 199 grands prix. It's crazy really. I'm only 31 and I will have done 200 grands prix.

"But there is a lot more to come, a lot more to look forward to in the future, building with confidence all the time, with my attitude towards racing, and really enjoying it.

"We're proving we are quick enough to fight, that it's not just down to luck or strange circumstances we win races. The outright pace is there."

Button's recent run of poor form means he is now a rank outside for the championship crown, with Sebastian Vettel a full 107 points ahead in the standings.

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InnAb109 - Unregistered

July 26, 2011 1:41 PM

Blimey, doesn't take long for the Button haters to cme out. He can't overtake? He went from last to first in Canada so he must have passed a few cars. What about Brazil 2009 when he won the WDC. Not fast? In Monaco, Spain and Canada he was uber fast. In quali for the Spanish GP 3rd to 4th (Hamilton, Alonso, Button) were seperated by less than a 10th! At last years Italian GP he almost beat the much faster Ferrari, but for a bad call by McLaren. Button may be just behind Alonso and Hamlton, in terms for sheer speed, but not by much, and his racecraft is as good, if not better than anybody on the grid. Hamilton's had his of days this year. Alonso sometimes throws himself at the scenery (Spa, Monaco 2010). Nobody's perfect. Button has far fewer accidents than any other driver over the last three years. When the car suits him he's as fast as anyone out there.

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