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Button up for championship fight

ESPNF1 Staff
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Jenson Button said the win in Canada had sharpened McLaren's focus © Sutton Images

Jenson Button has said that his win in the Canadian Grand Prix has boosted McLaren, and that he can challenge Sebastian Vettel for the drivers' championship.

Vettel had won five of the opening six races prior to Montreal, and looked set to extend his already substantial lead in the championship even further as he took pole and led for 69 laps. Button, however, reeled in the Red Bull after the last safety car period and forced Vettel in to a mistake to snatch victory, and he said he'd seen the affect the win had on the team.

"I wouldn't say that winning in Montreal has given me extra motivation, because I was already totally committed, but I think it will help to sharpen the focus and conviction of everyone in the team. We've proved we can challenge and beat Sebastian [Vettel], and we know we can fight for this world championship."

Button also said that the next race in Valencia would require McLaren to make the most of its race pace once again, and that overtaking opportunities may not come as easy as they did in Canada.

"I'm looking forward to Valencia. I had a good race there last year and I think the track shares some of the characteristics of Montreal and Monaco, so I'm confident that we'll be competitive again. The trick will be to find enough performance in the race to overcome any potential difficulties in qualifying. It's a hard place to pass and, even though there will once again be two DRS zones, I don't think that's going to make it much easier during the race."