Jenson Button Backs Himself for the German F1 at Nurburgring
F1 returns this weekend with the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, with Jenson Button determined to reassert his dominance in the race for the driver’s title.
Button currently holds an impressive 23-point lead over teammate Rubens Barrichello, but it is the 25-point advantage over Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel that is of more concern given the Red Bull car’s pace and reliability in recent races. Should Button fail to finish in the points and Vettel win, then we really have a battle on our hands for the title.
Button is 11/5 with StanJames to win Sunday’s race, which makes him only the second favourite behind Vettel who is priced at 11/8 with Paddy Power – another illustration that the bookies feel Vettel is emerging and a genuine title threat to Button.
Button, however, remains determined: "In a way the disappointment for us at Silverstone was almost good because it has made us work with an even greater focus," he admitted. "But despite the points I have, you are never comfortable, unless you have enough that nobody can beat you in the championship.
"So much can happen and as soon as you have one issue everything else follows. At Silverstone we started sixth on the grid, and I was stuck behind Jarno (Trulli) and my race was finished. I had a better lap going after that and could have been fifth on the grid. That didn't happen, but if it had my race would have been so much different.
Button knows that if he can win in Germany, the momentum will be well and truly back on his side. But he’s fully aware of the threat Red Bull possess.
"If Red Bull beat us in every race they are going to win the championship easily. We have to fight them, we cannot sit back and relax. It's not comfortable, for sure. I think that's good because of the excitement and the adrenaline.
"After Silverstone the guys at the factory stepped it up a gear and the parts that were coming in three races' time are now coming in two races. You are never comfortable, but you have to say I'd rather be me in a Brawn than Sebastian or Mark (Webber) in a Red Bull."