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Q&A with McLaren’s Jenson Button 26 Jul 2012

Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Preparations Day, Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, 26 July 2012 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Preparations Day, Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, 26 July 2012 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-27 makes a pit stop.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Qualifying, Hockenheim, Germany, Saturday, 21 July 2012 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Preparations Day, Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, 26 July 2012

After a long drought Jenson Button finally saw the podium again in Hockenheim last weekend. Now it’s time for Budapest, a race that holds sweet memories for the former champion. With McLaren seemingly on the rise once more, they are memories he would love to add to with another Hungarian win on Sunday...

Q: Jenson, a few days on, how would you rate the penalty against Sebastian (Vettel) in Germany?
Jenson Button:
Correct. We have a regulation where if you get an advantage off the circuit you get penalized for it. That is something that we all know.

Q: After your P2 finish in Hockenheim are you again en route to better results?
JB:
I hope so. I felt pretty good in the car the last few races, but only at the last race we had good pace - and a reasonably good result in the end. We’ve been able to fight at the front, which is great, and hopefully here we will be in the same position. The updates on the car helped us quite a bit and hopefully we will have some dry weather this weekend, because qualifying under wet conditions has been pretty tough for us.

Q: Budapest must be very dear to you from your experiences in the past…
JB:
It is. I won my first Grand Prix here - and last year my 100th! So, yes, it is dear to me - and I hope that I will have another great weekend here.

Q: Is it always possible to redevelop a car or is there a point where you know that there is nothing more to come?
JB:
Well, you can go down one road and if you eventually find the end you have to try new things. Yes, you can find an end, but then you have to venture out in new directions. This might not always immediately bring you forward, but then you have to work your way through it. This, of course, is sometimes very tricky.

Q: When you look at the championship, it looks like it is quite urgent to react…
JB:
Yes, it is.

Q: But do you still see chances?
JB:
Well, it’s a massive gap to Fernando (Alonso). Fernando and Ferrari have done an amazing job over the last few races and I know how difficult it is to come back from there. Actually I am not thinking about the championship - and every driver that you ask this weekend will tell you the same. We want to go racing, we want to fight in the front, and of course we want to win. Everything is so far in the future that it is useless to stare at the standings right now.

Q: So looking back at Hockenheim, was it really the updates that helped you to P2?
JB:
Yes. It was the second time this year that the race pace was really there - there was nobody quicker - so that is good news. The last race was definitely a big step in the right direction, so let’s hope that we will have more of the same this weekend. It would be nice to have a dry qualifying - that would help a lot as we have a couple of things here that should help us when fine-tuning for this circuit. But the majority of the car is what we had in Hockenheim, as it was only a week ago, and we’ve been reasonably happy there.

Q: McLaren now holds the fastest pit stop record - it was performed on your car at Hockenheim. Do you notice or find yourself saying, ‘Hey man, that was quick’?
JB:
You do, and now our reaction time becomes even more crucial to the pitting time. (laughs) Now we have to be ready for our crew. And that pit stop really did help me to get second place in the race, so thank you very much guys. And let’s do it again here!

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