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Button: new Brawn package needs to be good 08 May 2009

Jenson Button (GBR) Brawn Grand Prix signs autographs for the fans.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Spanish Grand Prix, Preparations, Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, 7 May 2009 Jenson Button (GBR) Brawn Grand Prix in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, 26 April 2009 Jenson Button (GBR) Brawn Grand Prix.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Spanish Grand Prix, Preparations, Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, 7 May 2009 Jenson Button (GBR) Brawn Grand Prix BGP 001.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, 26 April 2009

Not much has irked Brawn's Jenson Button this season, as his three victories and a third place have left him with a lead of 12 points in the world championship fight. But there is one thing the Englishman is keen set straight.

“A lot of people talked about our strategy in Bahrain winning us the race, but while that was good, I think the key moves were me overtaking Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton on the first and second laps. Those first two laps were pivotal. Without that, I think we would have finished third. We definitely didn’t have the quickest car there!”

It was, most agree, his most convincing victory to date and one that showed that he has what it takes to win even when he does not have the best car. On Friday, he will get a feel for whether the Brawn team have maintained - perhaps even increased - the advantage they enjoyed at the start of the season, as the BGP001 gets its first major upgrade of the year.

"It is an important weekend," he says. “This is a big aero circuit. We've got a new package here and we won't be getting another upgrade immediately so this package needs to give us a good jump in lap time.

"We have to hope what we have is enough to put ourselves in front of the Red Bulls by a small amount, because they are improving all the time. McLaren were very strong in Bahrain too, and weren't very far off us at all.

"But if you saw our car before the start of the last race, she was looking a bit tired. We didn’t have any new parts. And she was stone-chipped to hell!”

His aggression won him the race in Bahrain, and he says that it must remain the key at this early stage.

"You have to be aggressive at this point in the season - you cannot settle for second or third. I’ve not experienced it before, but there is such a small difference between first and second, just two points. That’s a bit frustrating.

"You have to be fighting for the win in every race otherwise you don't have a chance of winning anything at the end. We just have to take each race as it comes and be up there challenging for the win each time."

He would have been further ahead had Malaysia gone the full distance. But in any case he is taking nothing for granted.

"We don't have enough of a lead yet to think about the championship," he said on Thursday. "Like I said, it’s a little bit frustrating when you've won three races to only have a 12-point lead but for now we need to concentrate on this weekend. I don't think any team would honestly be thinking about the championship after just four races."

David Tremayne