Button confident of Brawn recovery at the Nurburgring 10 Jul 2009
Brawn GP's Jenson Button says he is not particularly concerned about the low ambient and track temperatures that are likely at the Nurburgring for this weekend's German Grand Prix, even though similar conditions were a cause of the problems that kept him to a sixth place finish last time out at Silverstone.
"It's supposed to be about 20 degrees this weekend," he said, "but I don't think it's such an issue here because we have the super soft Bridgestone tyre, which is good. It's the same tyre we used in Bahrain, Monaco and in China, though obviously we didn't get to use it there. The super soft works well for us, and even with these temperatures I think we can get it to work well. Maybe other teams will struggle with it.
"I think for everyone the harder tyre will be a struggle. It's going to be a bitch to get working. I think the idea of getting the tyre compounds closer together (from Hungary onwards) is a great idea. Because the chosen tyre compounds have at times been so far apart, that has meant that one of them has tended not to work during the race weekend. It's a difficult situation, not just for us, but for everyone. But it will be better for us here so I am feeling optimistic."
Button has a 25-point lead over Sebastian Vettel, and says that some new parts which the Brawn team did not use at Silverstone should help him further this weekend, but that both his team and Red Bull know they have to keep up the pressure.
"In a way the disappointment for us at Silverstone was almost good because it has made us work with an even greater focus," he admitted. "But despite the points I have, you are never comfortable, unless you have enough that nobody can beat you in the championship.
"So much can happen and as soon as you have one issue everything else follows. At Silverstone we started sixth on the grid, and I was stuck behind Jarno (Trulli) and my race was finished. I had a better lap going after that and could have been fifth on the grid. That didn't happen, but if it had my race would have been so much different.
"If the Red Bull beat us in every race they are going to win the championship easily. We have to fight them, we cannot sit back and relax. It's not comfortable, for sure. I think that's good because of the excitement and the adrenaline.
"After Silverstone the guys at the factory stepped it up a gear and the parts that were coming in three races' time are now coming in two races. You are never comfortable, but you have to say I'd rather be me in a Brawn than Sebastian or Mark (Webber) in a Red Bull."
This weekend Vettel, who turned 22 recently, has the pressure of being the favourite racing at home, but was very relaxed on Thursday.
"We have some small (new) bits but nothing major," he reported. "I think we had a very big update at Silverstone which worked perfectly fine, so we should have a very competitive car again. Always the Nurburgring is very famous for its conditions, so no matter how good is the prediction you never know what is going to happen. The best thing in the morning is to wake up and have a look, so we will see. There are possibly some showers this weekend but I think we do have a competitive car in dry and wet conditions, so it will be very exciting.
"Obviously for all of us it is our home Grand Prix, so we are all very excited. I don't consider myself as a star. It is always nice to come here. It is very special to take part in the German Grand Prix being German you know, it is our home Grand Prix. It is similar for an Englishman to drive around Silverstone, I think as it is special. I don't see this as a disadvantage.
"It's nice to see a lot of people mainly cheering for us. If anything it gives you more power and maybe that extra little you need but in the end, of course there are more people and maybe more attention but the thing that matters most is the racing, so you have to sometimes forget everyone and everything around you and just focus on what really matters. It might be a bit more difficult to keep the focus but that's the most important thing, the key I think, to focus on racing. In the end, you can get 10 points, you can get 10 points in England, Silverstone, or you could get 10 points in Australia. It doesn't give you more points if you win here than anywhere else."