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Button: I can still win

Jenson Button says he can still become F1 champion in 2012
Jenson Button admits that he may need to replicate 2009 season – albeit in reverse – if he is to secure the 2012 F1 title, but hasn't given up hope of catching Fernando Alonso in the standings.

Button finished second behind the Ferrari driver in Germany for his first podium finish since the Chinese Grand Prix, although he is now 86 points down on the Spaniard in the title race.

While Button had struggled for results in recent months, Alonso has scored points in every race this season to emerge as the championship favourite, despite the well-documented issues that Ferrari faced with its car at the start of the year.

Although he admits it will be far from easy, Button said he wouldn't give up on the championship and felt he could still turn things around over the remainder of the campaign.

"Anything is possible," he was quoted in the British media. "It is never easy when you are that far behind but I am never going to give up, I am going to fight all the way.

"We might have to repeat 2009 in reverse and win six out of seven races in the second half of the season. That might have to be the case to challenge Fernando but it can happen. Look how he has picked up so many points but that can soon turn around.

"They have had the consistency but suddenly when you have a fifth or sixth place, that can disrupt the organisation and make a big difference to strategy and things go up in the air. Hopefully, we can push them into that situation."

Button added that his confidence had been given a boost by his German result, which ended a run of just seven points in the previous six races.

"With some tweaks to the car and a good race weekend, it makes a big difference to my confidence,” he said. “Nice that it is a back-to-back weekend as well because we have the momentum to take with us. We didn't win but we feel we can go to the next one and challenge. I will wake up with a smile on my face and really look forward to Hungary."



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20.07.2012 - Free Practice 2, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
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oatt94 - Unregistered

July 24, 2012 12:14 PM

whitew, you're such an expert aren't you!! I'm quite sure Vettel and Alonso don't consider Hamilton and Button to be in a different league. oh and about Button whinging to gain places, if you have seen the podium ceremony after the last race and the press conference, you would kno that Button was quite a gentleman about it. He chose not to comment on the matter and let the stewards handle it.

saffa - Unregistered

July 24, 2012 12:13 PM

Someone posted a few weeks ago, once Button gets a decent car he will be on it again. When the team found him in third place and radioed to him, 'some race winning laps will get us to the leaders.' Him and the pitstop did a good job to close on two fast cars. Pity he flat spotted that tire early on in that stint. But really from so far back I dont think is a driver capable of catching Alonso. Prove me wrong please Button. Now that the Mclaren seems on form we have hope again.



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