Jenson Button returns to the Hungaroring tomorrow knowing that he has to win the grand prix to seize back the initiative from Red Bull Racing.
The Briton won his first ever race here in 2006, but it was not til this year that he had a car good enough firmly to establish himself at the head of the field. The twisty track suits his driving style, and he has gone well there on a number of occasions. He revealed today that Brawn were bringing a crucial update to the Eastern European venue.
“I’ve been at home in Monaco for the past week concentrating on my training but I know that the guys at the factory and at Mercedes-Benz have been working really hard on our latest upgrade package and I just can’t wait to get back in the car,” Button told Eurosport.
“Hungary is always one of my favourite races and even more so this year as it should finally be a return to some real summer temperatures!”
“The circuit holds some very special memories for me as the venue of my first F1 win three years ago and it’s fantastic to be going back there with the chance to compete for the win again,” he added.
“The Hungaroring is quite a challenging circuit as it is so twisty and there’s no real respite round the lap but it is a lot of fun to drive. The lap has a good rhythm and mix of slow-speed and high-speed turns. The circuit generates an incredible amount of grip as the weekend gets underway which can provide a real challenge in finding the right set-up for the car,” finished the Frome flyer.
Button’s season could be made or broken by the effectiveness or otherwise of the upgrade package. Brawn have half an eye on next season, where they face another uphill battle to bring a car to the grid.
Meanwhile their rivals Red Bull know that this year may be their best chance to take the driver’s championship, and are pursuing an aggressive development strategy which will continue to improve their car at each circuit.