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Jenson Button - 'No sense of panic'

ESPN Staff
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Jenson Button heads back to the pits after his retirement in Monaco © Sutton Images
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Jenson Button cast a slightly forlorn figure as he trudged back to the pits after retiring eight laps from the end of the Monaco Grand Prix. Two months after he started the season with victory in Australia, he is now lying seventh in the drivers' championship after taking two points from his last three races.

But he dusted himself down and by the time he spoke to the media he was a slightly happier figure. While he admitted he was worried by recent events, he stressed there was "no sense of panic" within McLaren. "It's far too early. Panicking wouldn't make a difference anyway.

"We obviously need to get back on track and start fighting the guys at the front but next race that could be Grosjean or Perez might get another good result or Kobayashi or Massa."

He was at a loss to explain what has changed since the excellent start. "The first three races were good and then suddenly in the last three … I don't know where it is. The pace and the feeling that I'm getting from the car I've not had before. It's tough but it's nothing we can't sort out - it's just a question of whether we do it in time."

In between Monaco and the next race in Canada, Button will relax in the way he enjoys most by competing in a triathlon. "I feel jolly about going to Canada. I will give a swim in the rowing lake a go. I have great memories of Monaco but even greater memories of Canada in 2011 so we have to stay confident and positive that we can come out of these past three races and get some good points.

"There are things we think will help us in Canada, but we don't know. We have to be positive."