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Button vows to work harder

ESPNF1 Staff
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Jenson Button: "I am going to work my arse off" © Getty Images

Jenson Button has vowed to work even harder to hold onto his championship crown, after a disappointing weekend at Hungary saw him slump to fourth in the drivers' championship.

Button struggled with the balance of his McLaren all weekend and failed to make it to the final session of qualifying for the second time in three races. He benefitted from a safety car period on race day and managed to sneak four points for finishing eighth.

"I am going to work my arse off to make sure we make improvements," he told The Sun. "It is amazing how down you can be after a race like that. I was sulking afterwards but already I feel much better. Unless you get upset about a bad finish like that, what's the point of being here?"

Just six points behind Button is Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, whose resurgent form has seen him take more points from the last two races than any other driver. However, he reckons a significant performance boost from the car is required to close the gap to Red Bull's Mark Webber at the top of the championship.

"Clearly, we have to improve our car if we want to be in with a chance of fighting for the title: here [Hungary] the Red Bulls were unbeatable and although McLaren struggled today, they will be very strong again in Spa and Monza, where there are long straights that suit their car," Alonso said.

"We will have some updates in Belgium: we hope they will allow us to close the gap to the best. It was important to finish this very tough month of July in the best way possible: the break is coming at just the right time. The final part of the championship will be very interesting, with five drivers all within 20 points."