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Button wary fans will find season 'strange'

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Mark Webber led home a train of cars in Monaco as any one of six could have won © Sutton Images
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Jenson Button believes that the unpredictable season so far is causing the fans to find Formula One "a little bit strange now".

A new record was set in Monaco as Mark Webber became the sixth different winner of a race in six grands prix from the start of the season. While it leaves a close championship with the top six drivers covered by just one race victory, Button believes that a pecking order needs to emerge in order to keep the fans from becoming tired of the inconsistency.

"You say I'm quite inconsistent but [Pastor] Maldonado has had four no-score races, and then he's had a win [in Spain two weeks ago] and an eighth, so it's pretty up in the air," Button is quoted by Metro.

"Clearly everyone is excited about so many different winners, which initially was great for the fans and great for the sport. But there will come a time when fans will say, "So anyone can win a grand prix, everyone can lose a grand prix like that?" I think they're finding it a little bit strange now. I don't know but hopefully a pattern will emerge after the next couple of races and we'll understand the teams and drivers we need to beat to win the championship."

Button admitted that a record of two points from the last three races was his worst spell at McLaren, but was confident the team will recover.

"That's awful but that's where it is right now. These things happen, so I've just got to get through it. But it's certainly my most frustrating time with McLaren, which is a fantastic team. Suddenly the last three races, I don't know where the pace and feeling I get from the car has gone. It's tough but it's nothing we can't sort out. We will solve the issues. It's just whether we do it in time."