Jenson Button Q&A: McLaren will be back in the hunt soon 04 Aug 2010
With Red Bull more dominant than ever, and Ferrari taking a step forward, McLaren seem to have lost their way at recent rounds. The MP4-25 is certainly in the midst of a dip in form, and driver Jenson Button seems to have borne the brunt of its drop in pace in qualifying. Button hasnt qualified higher than fourth all season and at the last round in Hungary failed to make it into the top-10 shootout. Speaking to his official website, Button reviews his Budapest race and the season so far
Q: It looked like a very tough afternoons work for you around the Hungaroring
Jenson Button: It was. It was a very long afternoon. But, once again, I put some more points on the board - and, just by looking at the championship tables, and how close they are, its clear that every point definitely helps. And if you dont have a good Saturday, then Ive learnt that youve got to keep plugging away, and that it can reap dividends for you. So, four points might not sound like much, but it means that, despite Sundays result, Im still only 14 points behind the championship leader, which is about six points in old money. So its all to play for. Clearly, though, we have some work to do to close the gap to the front. I know how hard everyone is working back at the MTC to make that happen, and Im confident that well be back in the hunt sooner rather than later.
Q: The Hungarian Grand Prix was the 12th race of the 2010 season. Weve only got two more races in Europe before heading off for the end-of-season flyaways. How prepared are you for the conclusion to this years world championship?
JB: Clearly, its fantastic to have scored two wins and three podiums and to still be in the thick of the fight for the world championship. Thats why I joined this team. Lewis (Hamilton) and I are still very much in the hunt, even if the last few races havent seemed to favour our car as much as they did earlier this year. But I know the strength of this team, and our determination and ambition to hit back. We know what weve got to do, and Im confident that well be more competitive in both Spa and Monza, with more to come once we head off for the flyaways. As weve seen before in the fight for the world title, consistency is essential, and I think weve probably been the most consistent team over these 12 races. Obviously, well be looking at raising our game, but its still valuable that were able to maintain that consistency - to be able to score good points even when lucks not on our side - so we can continue to fight for the title until the very end of the season.
Q: What are your plans for the summer break?
JB: Im heading to Guernsey to finalise my preparation for next Sundays London Triathlon. Im really looking forward to the event, and Im still raising money for the Make A Wish Foundation. So theres still time to sponsor me - you can go to www.justgiving.com/jb2010. Its for a great cause, making dreams come true for very ill young children, and Im proud to be playing my part to help them raise funds. My trainer Mikey will be joining me and some of my friends. Its all for a good cause, so your donation would be extremely gratefully received. After the tri, Ill definitely be looking to get away from it. But even though its a nice feeling to get away from Formula One for a while, you can guarantee that all the drivers will be desperate for the break to end because well want to get back into the car. Still, the break is the perfect opportunity for all the mechanics and the engineers in the pit lane - theyve been working pretty much non-stop since February, so this is a great chance for them to spend time with their families, and to forget about Formula One for a while.