June.22 – 2009 world champion Jenson Button says his spectacular last lap victory in Canada will not involve his driving in the European GP. Jenson was running last with 30 laps remaining in Montreal, but produced a dramatic drive through the field to eventually pressure race leader Sebastian Vettel in to a mistake just half a lap from the chequered flag. Button said that while he’d been pleased with the win, it wasn’t going to have an effect on his driving or self-assurance.
“It won’t change anything, the way I drive, the way I work with the team. I’ve been very happy all season,” Button said. “It’s not going to make me a better driver – I’m not saying I’m a perfect driver – but I don’t think I will suddenly become any more confident. That happened two years ago after I won the world title. The only thing I can say is that I’ve smiled to myself a lot more after the victory.”
Now reigning world champion Vettel having a 60 point lead over second-placed Button in the drivers’ championship, the chasing pack will be hoping the engine mapping limits and impending off-throttle diffuser ban impact Red Bull. Button, however, said he didn’t know if it would play in to McLaren’s hands but that he was confident it would have the race pace to challenge for victories.
“There’s a lot happening this year in terms of the regulations. It could go our way, it might not, we’ll have to see. Qualifying is still not there for us, but in the race we can race anyone wherever we go.”
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