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Button: The title race isn't over yet

Jenson Button refuses to give up on winning the 2011 F1 title despite 100 point gap to Sebastian Vettel
Jenson Button has refused to concede that he is out of the race for the 2011 F1 title on the back of his second victory of the season in Hungary.

Button, also won in Canada earlier in the year, mastered the challenging conditions at the Hungaroring to beat championship leader Sebastian Vettel to the flag although he remains 100 points behind the Red Bull driver going into the summer break.

However, despite that gap, the McLaren man said he wasn't giving up hope of overhauling the German in the title race although he admits it will be a difficult task.

"I'm 100 points behind Sebastian, so that's going to be challenging, but we like a challenge!” he said. “I never give up, so let's see what happens. I'll take each race as it comes and then look at the points at the end of the year."

Insisting that the win was 'one of my most satisfying' in his 200th F1 race – and at the scene of his maiden success back in 2006 – Button added that he expected it to be a close battle between McLaren, Ferrari and Red Bull through the remainder of the season after the former pair closed on the latter in recent races.

"Our race pace was very strong [in Budapest], but I don't think there was much between us, Ferrari and Red Bull,” he said. “We've won three of the last five races and each of our major rivals has won just one apiece during that time, so we're doing something right.

“To win with Lewis in Germany and me in Hungary proves that Vodafone McLaren Mercedes is pushing, developing and challenging the cars around us with genuine pace in the car. Roll on Spa!"

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August 04, 2011 2:20 PM

I've said this before, I'm not a fan of the whole "if and but" scenario, but IF he didn't have those 2 very unfortunate happenings (Wheelnut @ Silverstone & Hydraulic failure in Germany) He'd be in a CLEAR second place. Much better season than it initially looks. GO JENSON!!!

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