Button: We are not slow
Jenson Button doesn't really need any additional motivation on the weekend of his 200th Formula One Grand Prix.
But he was nevertheless encouraged by his team's win at the German GP last weekend: "You always hope that you'll be the one to win, but Lewis did a fantastic job last weekend. I'm very pleased. It's given the team a real fillip – we've had a couple of tough races, but victory there has now given us a bit of a boost for the second half of the season."
We saw that uplift in action at the Hungaroring with two best times from Hamilton, but Button was also pleased with practice: "The car ran well for most of the day. I have no major beefs. Maybe a few little things weren't absolutely perfect on the runs under full and light fuel load conditions, but apart from that, I'm quite satisfied."
The team tweaked the balance of his McLaren, achieving positive results. Button: "It's nice that our car responds so well to changes. That's crucial and puts us in a good position for tomorrow."
However, Button was not willing to predict whether McLaren can take pole position from Red Bull for the first time in 2011: "I don't know if we can catch Red Bull this weekend. It's only Friday. I know they sometimes play games. They'll be fast tomorrow, for sure, but I don't think we'll be slow."