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Button and Hamilton Still Gunning For Glory
Posted Aug 23, 2010 by Shaun Edwards
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With F1’s mid-season break nearly at an end, and all of us looking forward to the Belgian grand prix next weekend, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have already been making it known how intent they both are on regaining the Driver’s crown they respectively obtained in 2008 and 2009.
Having lost the championship lead to Red Bull’s Mark Webber in Hungary last month, Hamilton is four points away from the top, and with seven races left is still brimming with confidence. Having obtained back to back wins in Istanbul and then Montreal, Hamilton had held the lead since Canada. However a transmission failure in Hungary meant that he had to concede the race and consequently pole position.
The compulsory summer break has increased Hamilton’s confidence, believing that the time spent away from the track will give his Mclaren team the chance to further improve their car for the remainder of the season. Hamilton observed that the team was ‘not only optimistic of better results but also of stronger pace for the rest of the year.’
With the top five championship drivers separated only by only 20 points at this stage, the title is already likely to go down to the wire, with the two English drivers at McLaren in hot contention, despite the fact that their car is considered by many to only be the third best on the grid behind Red Bull and Ferrari.
Current World Champion Jenson Button, who is currently 14 points off the chase for the title has confessed that he and the team have ‘some catching up to do’ and that the next two races in Belgium and Italy will carry great importance: not because they are necessarily pivotal to the championship itself, but because it will be a lot more challenging to introduce telling changes to the cars the further along the season advances. ‘It's important for the whole team that we score well in both events’, the world champion stated.
Team boss Martin Whitmarsh’s encouraged words echoed those of his drivers: We believe there are some large areas of performance locked within the car and its recent upgrade, and we are confident that our solid-engineering approach will enable us to fully unlock them sooner rather than later’, the Mclaren head honcho stated.
With the Spa Grand Prix now less than a week away, the championship race is only going to heat up even more.