Button looks to regain winning pace

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IOL mot pic jun22 F1 Button Valencia Preview 1 AP Jenson Button give his fans the thumbs up during the supporters pit walk at the Valencia street circuit on Thursday, ahead of Sunday's European Grand Prix.

Jenson Button is hoping to put an end to his run of disastrous results and reignite his world title challenge with a strong performance at this weekend's European Grand Prix.

Owing to a combination of mechanical and technical problems with his car and some below-par qualifying performances, the 32-year-old McLaren driver has only scored two points in the past four races, and brought home just 20 points since his victory in Melbourne at the start of the season.

In spite of this, the 2009 champion is hopeful that a new car setup will help him turn a corner and get back to winning ways.

“Hopefully straight away we will have a good feeling.”

He said. “I did a lot of laps in the simulator with the set-up that we are going to start with, so I don't feel it is going to be a huge surprise to me and, to be fair, a lot of it is quite similar to what we had at the start of the season - I won't be shocked in any way with the set-up, so we should get on top of it fairly quickly.”

Button suggested that a decision to modify his car after the Bahrain Grand Prix may not have been the right one given his team mate and compatriot Lewis Hamilton's recent performances.

“I tried something different.”

Hamilton took a convincing win in Montreal two weeks ago and now sits two points clear at the top of the drivers' standings.

Button explained: “You do things to the car that you think are correct, and in a normal world they would be.

“But after Bahrain, with the issues we had on the rear end, I tried something different; I thought it would help but now I’m not sure it was the right direction.” - AFP

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