Jenson Button has promised to attack more at the next race in Spa, professing the two points he won in Valencia not to be sufficient.
The Briton was cautious at the start and was elbowed aside by Sebastian Vettel, and then had to give way to cars streaming past him. The mishap almost certainly cost him more points, and with a championship lead that diminishes every race, Button must find more aggression.
“It is better to be consistent and not crash, but if you are consistent and get two points it is not enough,” said Button. “I am going to go to Spa and be more aggressive, for sure. In every way, not just driving, but with the strategy and with the tyres.
“It is where we have got to be, because otherwise it is going to be slowly eaten away. It is a very difficult season this year because we have had some really poor weekends and some really strong weekends, and this was the first time when we have had a strong car that I have not been able to get the most out of it.
“That is the most frustrating thing. We have to turn that around.”
Brawn’s win in the hands of Rubens Barrichello will nevertheless please Button. It shows that the car has indeed won back some of its early season performance, and should compete with the front running McLarens both in Spa and at Monza. However, lower track temperatures at both those venues could compromise the team, as its BGP 001 has generally struggled in lower temperatures.