Jenson Button has said that he will continue to challenge for the world championship this year in the wake of a stunning victory in the Canadian Grand Prix.
The Englishman goes into next weekend’s European Grand Prix at Valencia rejuvenated and refreshed, and arguing that McLaren can challenge for the titles.
“It’s been a fantastic week in the aftermath of the Canadian Grand Prix. I had a few days’ break immediately after the race, which was perfectly timed as it gave me the opportunity to take in all the positive memories of a crazy weekend, and to reflect on an incredible race.
“I wouldn’t say that winning in Montreal has given me extra motivation, because I was already totally committed, but I think it will help to sharpen the focus and conviction of everyone in the team. We’ve proved we can challenge and beat Sebastian [Vettel], and we know we can fight for this world championship.
“I’m looking forward to Valencia. I had a good race there last year and I think the track shares some of the characteristics of Montreal and Monaco, so I’m confident that we’ll be competitive again. The trick will be to find enough performance in the race to overcome any potential difficulties in qualifying. It’s a hard place to pass and, even though there will once again be two DRS zones, I don’t think that’s going to make it much easier during the race.â€
An added bonus for the Frome man is the likelihood he will sign a renewed contract with the McLaren team, it was being reported widely today. The slim chance that he might have gone to Ferrari is now thought be disappearing, and the world should know his future in the coming days.