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2009 world champion Jenson Button says that any small expectation he had of demanding for the world championship has gone after two grand prix retirements.

Front-right wheel loose-fitting in the British GP at Silverstone a fortnight ago, a hydraulics problem 25 laps from home forced him to pull into his garage at the Nurburgring in Germany on Sunday.

“It’s disappointing to have so many failures, I appear to be suffering a lot of bad luck,” Button told Sporting Life, who celebrates his 200th grand prix in Hungary next Sunday. Hopefully we’ll be over this soon, we can have a bit more luck on our side and we can have some good races.

“But as for the championship, I don’t think we’re fighting for that any more, so I’m just going to go out there and do the best at every race I’m in. My intention now is to be back on the podium for my 200th grand prix.”

Hydraulics issue compounded Button’s weekend following he was found wanting for pace in qualifying yesterday, starting from seventh. A woeful getaway saw him drop to 10th by the end of the first lap, after which he then struggled to find a way past Vitaly Petrov in his Renault.

Button finally found some form at the midway point and was running seventh when he was told over the radio of the hydraulics problem.

“This was not a good weekend for me,” he added. “But it happens, although I enjoyed fighting my way through. It was very exciting and I was having a lot of fun out there. Fourth was definitely possible, but then I had a hydraulics issue and we had to retire the car on safety grounds because you never know what is going to happen.

“It affects the gears and the steering, and it’s not just that you can lose the power in the steering, it’s that it can do whatever it wants, and that’s the worry. But I guess it’s better to happen in a race where I’m not so competitive, although it’s two failures now in the last two races, which is very disappointing.”


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