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Jenson Button buoyed by McLaren gains

ESPNF1 Staff
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Jenson Button is happy with the steps forward McLaren has made © Getty Images

Jenson Button remains positive about his title hopes ahead of this weekend's Italian Grand Prix despite failing to score any points at Spa after being shunted out by Sebastian Vettel.

"It's not over until there are not enough points left on the board," said Button during Thursday's press conference. "It is pretty mixed at the front and as you can see there has been quite a lot of action this year - it is all still to play for.

"It only needs one race really for the leaders to have a bad race. Sat here now I don't think we need the leader to have an incident, not score or have reliability issues, there are possibilities and it's necessary to fight for the win at every race we go to."

As was the case at Spa Francorchamps, the low-downforce nature of the Monza circuit is expected to favour McLaren more than title rivals Red Bull. And Button thinks the improvements the team has made to the car bode well not just for Monza but for the remainder of the season.

"If you look at Spa there was nothing quicker than our car. The team has done a great job in improving the car. I am positive for the rest of the season. We have improved the car a lot, and we go to Singapore positive we will still be competitive. We are not fearing anything, but we know this is a very good circuit for us."