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No-score 'really hurts' Button

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Jenson Button retired from the Bahrain Grand Prix last weekend - his second non-points finish in four races © Sutton Images
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Jenson Button admits that failing to score points in races "really hurts" his championship ambitions.

Having won the opening race of the season in Australia, Button followed up with a 14th place in the changeable conditions of Malaysia. Second place in China kept him on the tail of his McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the championship standings, but Button then retired from Bahrain to slip back to fourth place behind both Red Bull drivers.

Button admitted that only a 50% scoring rate was not going to be good enough this season and - while victory would always be the main target - scoring points consistently will prove to be vital.

"Every race you want to have a good result and you know that a no-score is massive and it really hurts," Button is quoted by The Sun. "You've got to be consistently near the front. I don't think it means you hold back going out for a win.

"You're not going to hold back if there is a manoeuvre or a move to go for, but consistency is going to be very important this year. In your heart we're all here to do one thing and that's to be the first to cross the finishing line, but if that's not possible you're there to pick up points."