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Button Feeling the Pressure after Hungary

Having lost no less than 15 points to new title rival Mark Webber in the last 3 races, championship leader Jenson Button cannot help from wondering how long his immense point lead will last for the remaining rounds of 2009. The Brawn GP driver is now 18.5 points ahead of Webber, while Sebastian Vettel continues to rest an additional 4.5 points behind.

Talking to British magazine Autosport, Button admitted that Webber's resurrection in the championship is only half of the problem he has to deal with right now, the second one being Brawn's inability to provide him with a race winning machinery for the second half of 2009. Getting the tires to the right temperature seems to be, once again, the Brawns' main issue this season, argued Button.

I have lost 15 points to Webber over the past three races, and that is massive. It's five points per race. It means he will be in front of me in four races time, and there are seven races left. We have to sort it out because we are leading the championship, but it is inevitable they are going to overtake us if the Brawns keep going like they are,” said Button.

The last two updates, I can't see them as worse. It is not something that would unsettle the car. It should just give the car more downforce. It should work in every condition. It is rear downforce. It works. It helps. So there is something not quite right. We are running at 60C with the tyres, which is out of their working range. But how do we get them in their working range? That is what we need to work out,” added the 29-year old Brit.

It's a well-known fact that the Brackley based team failed to bring a competitive update to their BGP 001 in recent weeks, unlike its championship rivals. As suggested by some F1 observers during the past month, the lack of funds that Ross Brawn is caught fighting with in the second part of the 2009 campaign – due to the lack of sponsors – starts to take its toll in the championship.

 
 
 
 
 

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