Budapest: Jenson Button believes he must finish on the podium in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix if his McLaren team are to maintain their lead in the world championship.
Defending champion Button admitted that results in recent
races have helped his team's cause, but admitted that unless
they pick up some better finishes, it is only a matter of time
before their luck runs out.
"At this stage of the season we need to be fighting for
podiums," said the Englishman.
"Lucky for us it has been one Red Bull fast, one not so
fast and they haven't really taken too many points off us
recently, but I'm sure that could change very quickly.”
"The good thing is it's very competitive at the moment
and we're all taking points off each other. Of course we would
love to win, but we need to be on the podium this weekend.”
Button, winner in Hungary 2006, is hoping that rival
teams Red Bull and Ferrari will not hold such a significant
speed advantage as they did in Germany last weekend.
"We struggled a little bit in Hockenheim, balance was
good but we couldn't create enough downforce," he said.
"Here, you pretty much bolt on all you've got so we will
be a lot stronger and more competitive."
His McLaren team-mate and fellow Briton Lewis Hamilton,
last year's Hungary winner, is also hoping that his car will
profit from the high-downforce nature of the track.
He said: "We haven't made any upgrades since the last
grand prix, but hopefully being a high-downforce circuit we
should be closer to the guys ahead who were incredibly fast in
the last race.”
"One thing we have is reliability, it may not be the
fastest car at the moment but I have no doubts that my team
will find the downforce and the speed.”
"It is a good race for the team and also for myself and
Jenson so I'm hoping that we'll be able to challenge the guys
a bit more at the front."
However, the 25-year-old Englishman insisted that he was
not taking his lead in the championship for granted.
"You can never be comfortable," he said.
"A 14-point lead is nothing, it's what? Two and a half,
three points in the old system? So not a lot.”
"We need to fight to win. I have nothing to defend - the
title's not mine, I'm not the current champion so I have
everything to fight for."
First Published: Friday, July 30, 2010, 12:25