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Button to copy Hamilton's set-up

ESPN Staff
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Jenson Button has scored only two points in the last four races while Lewis Hamilton has amassed 43 points in the same time © Sutton Images

Jenson Button will use Lewis Hamilton's set-up to begin his European Grand Prix weekend in order to start from a solid baseline.

Having struggled badly in recent races, Button is more hopeful ahead of Valencia after McLaren revealed it had found some "very subtle" differences between its two cars. Button admitted that he would start the weekend with Hamilton's set-up after his team-mate won in Canada, and then work to tune it to his own driving style.

"I guess the first thing you do is set up the car like the other car, and that's what we'll do initially," Button is quoted by Sporting Life. "There will be settings that Lewis prefers more than anybody else does because that's how he sets it up. I won't be as quick as him on those settings, but then we can work from there and find a set-up that works for me."

Button added that his confidence wasn't dented in the knowledge that both he and McLaren have been successful together before.

"I've won a race this year, won many races before and that's where I feel I should be. You do have bad races, so it becomes about pulling together and working out the reasons, and we will. We will understand because this is a great team which has won many races and world championships, and we've won many great races together, so we will work out what the issue is. I will solve the issues - or we will solve the issues together."