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Button: Next two races absolutely crucial

Jenson Button: Valencia and Silverstone were certainly difficult races for us, but I don't think they were truly representative of our pace
Jenson Button has admitted that it is vital McLaren perform in Germany and Hungary following the team's recent disappointments.

Button himself has been in the doldrums ever since his second place finish in China back in April, and while he has made it into the top-ten since then, he has done no better than eighth.

The Englishman is confident, however, that Valencia and Silverstone were not 'truly representative', and he is hoping for a 'problem-free' run up to the German Grand Prix, the tenth round in the F1 2012 World Championship, where he will be looking to score big points.

“The final back-to-back before we head into the summer break will be important for the whole team: coming off the back of a couple of disappointing weekends, it's important that we capitalise on the opportunities available in Germany and Hungary,” Button confirmed.

“I've always enjoyed Hockenheim: I raced here when it blasted through the forests – a long time ago! – and I had a great race here in 2004, finishing second, despite starting back in 13th after a penalty for an engine failure in practice.

“It's a circuit where you can attack; it's good for racing and the newer layout is better for the spectators, too.

“Performance-wise, I still think it's difficult to accurately predict where we stand in the competitive order – Valencia and Silverstone were certainly difficult races for us, but I don't think they were truly representative of our pace.

“This year, you really need a problem-free build-up to the race if you're going to maximise the car's potential – and that's exactly what we'll be hoping for in Germany next weekend.”

McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh meanwhile is also hoping for better to give the team a lift prior to the summer break.

“After Silverstone, our focus immediately turned to Hockenheim, which, along with the Hungaroring in Budapest, will bring the curtain down on the first half of the season at the end of the month,” he added.

“There is a huge resolve within the operation to ensure that our aggressive development strategy is upheld across the summer.

“We are determined to narrow the gap to the championship leaders before the start of the summer break.”

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Bfdskdfs - Unregistered

July 14, 2012 2:34 PM

This has been a great season for Button. It started off with a disastrous victory at Australia, but Button was able to bounce back with a brilliant 14th in Malaysia. A very bad race followed with 2nd in China, but unflustered by the bad race, Button fought back to finish a stunning 18th in Bahrain, helped by a puncture. A decent 9th place followed in Spain, followed by an absolutely sensational 16th place in Monaco, and then, his greatest drive of all time, the 16th place in Canada. After that out of the world 16th, he followed it up with a decent 8th and a good 10th place in Valencia and Britain.

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