• Italian Grand Prix

Button bullish ahead of Monza

ESPNF1 Staff
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Jenson Button remains in high spirits despite his Spa setback © Getty Images

After falling victim to an ambitious move from Sebastian Vettel in Belgium, Jenson Button is more determined than ever to get his championship challenge back on track at the Italian Grand Prix.

Button was running a strong second in Spa before Vettel crashed his McLaren into retirement and he now finds himself 35 points behind championship leader and team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

"Obviously, my non-finish in Spa wasn't ideal for my championship aspirations, so I head to Monza next weekend determined to put myself back in the hunt for the title," said Button. "We still have some work to do to make sure the package we bring to Italy is perfectly suited to the track, but I'm confident that our engineers have made some good steps forward with their understanding of our car, so we should be in good shape."

Although Button is yet to win the Italian Grand Prix, it is a circuit he enjoys driving and also one that he expects to provide plenty of excitement.

"I love racing at Monza - it's a totally unique experience; running minimal downforce at incredible speeds along the straights, and then coping with the lack of grip, and an extremely skittish car, through the low-speed stuff. Given the competitiveness at the front of the field, this could be an intense, thrilling grand prix."