F1 Button looks to revive Brawn hopes
World championship leading Jenson Button said that he was confident his Brawn GP team can solve their tyre-performance problems after they have all taken a break from racing.Valencia – World championship leading Jenson Button said Thursday that he was confident he and his Brawn GP team can solve their tyre-performance problems and revive the race-winning form they enjoyed earlier this season.
Speaking on the eve of this weekend's European Grand Prix around the streets of this Spanish coastal city, the 29-year-old Englishman said he and the team had used some of their month's holidays since the Hungarian race to study hard.
Button also escaped and relaxed to make sure he returned to racing in a fully-refreshed frame of mind.
He said: "You need a break, you need to relax and freshen up - if you are thinking about it all the time you are not relaxed, you can get stressed and it can drive you mad. So it was nice not to think about racing for a little while.
"But after the break -- and after the two weeks when they couldn't work at the factory -- they spent a few days to work on the car and come up with ideas.
"I spoke to my engineer (Andy Shovlin) and we ran through everything and what we had for this circuit aerodynamically in terms of improvements.
"And also the step by step over the season, in terms of where we have gone with the car mechanically - the ride, the weight distribution and the rest of the mechanical set-up. We ran through everything and saw a bit of a trend -- so we think we know some of the reasons for our issues with tyre temperature.
"We know getting the tyres to work is important, so we come here this weekend positive, as we should be, and we are going to test a few things that we had on the car in the earlier races, do some comparisons and we will see how it goes."
Button won six of the opening seven races to take a big lead in the title race, but has failed to win in three contests and seen his lead trimmed.
"By the end of Friday, we might put our hands up and go 'we really do not know why we still cannot get the tyres working' but I am positive that we know the reasons -- and we can get the car back to where it was," he added.
"It is not that we can improve the car, it is understanding the issues and getting the car back to where it was three races ago, where it felt good - and then you can see the improvements that you have made.
"So it is a strange situation, but even if the track is cool here this weekend I really feel that we can get this car working and get the tyres working - but we will not know until after tomorrow."
AFP / Expatica