McLaren’s Jenson Button refuses to write off his title chances

Jenson Button is refusing to give up hope of winning the world championship title this season despite another disappointing race

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Jenson Button is eighth in the drivers' standings Photo: Courtesy of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

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Jenson Button is refusing to write off his chances of winning the world championship title this season, despite losing further ground at the European Grand Prix last weekend.

The McLaren driver could only manage an eighth-place finish at the Valencia Street Circuit, leaving him trailing championship leader and Sunday’s winner Fernando Alonso by 62 points.

But the Briton, who has been struggling for form since his triumph at the Australian Grand Prix in the first race of the season, is hopeful he can get his title bid back on track with a good performance at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in just under two weeks’ time.

“The gap to Fernando is more points than I’ve got,” Button said. “It’s still not a lot, though. We’ve still got 12 races [including] Silverstone, a high speed circuit where our strength is. Our weakness is low speed. It’s a circuit where we should be strong.

“At least I’ve another 12 races, so although I’m a long way behind, it is still possible. But I’m not thinking about that. I’m thinking about going to my home race and driving a fast, flowing circuit which hopefully our car should work well on.”

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