June.23 – 2009 world champion Jenson Button says that he can still go for Title, despite Sebastian Vettel’s huge lead. Button’s win in Canada moved him into second place, although he is still 60 points behind the German.
“I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think I could fight for it,” said Button when asked about his title chances. “With a team like McLaren anything can happen during the season. Definitely it’s going to be a lot more difficult than starting from zero at the start of the year, but this is where we are, we’re 60 points behind. We’ve seen a couple of weaknesses in Red Bull and Sebastian over the last two races, and the luck isn’t always on his side, which is good to see.
“They’re going to be tough to beat at every race we go to this year. But F1 is a challenge, and it’s very competitive at the moment, so we’re going to do everything we can to fight them this season. It’s good to see that they don’t have a lot of pace in hand, which they normally do. I think the last three races we’ve proved that our race pace has been as good as theirs, if not better.”
Jenson is convinced that the FIA’s new engine mapping rule changes will hurt Red Bull more than other teams: “I think it will impact Red Bull a little bit more; their diffuser system is probably a little bit better than anyone else’s in the pitlane. They seem to get a big advantage going into qualifying, and hopefully this will peg them back. But we keep saying that, and they always seem to be quick in qualifying.”
And Button expects the Pirellis to work well in Valencia – I think the tires are going to work well here,” the 2009 champion said. “I don’t think there will be a lot of marbles. These tires seem to like street circuits. Slippery circuits, they seem to like. We didn’t get a lot of marbles in Canada or in Monaco. It’s a circuit that’s very similar to Canada, in terms of you need a lot of mechanical grip, there’s a lot of straights and slow corners.
“Normally not a place that’s good for overtaking, but with the DRS, with the KERS, with the tires, it’s going to be a much better race. Every race this year has been great. And McLaren driver Jenson Button denied that he has had any discussions with Ferrari: “We haven’t talked to Ferrari and Ferrari haven’t talked to us.”
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