Jenson Button is aware that it will not be easy to beat rival Red Bull at the German Grand Prix this weekend, but the Brawn GP team leader believes the updates introduced by his team, as well as the super-soft tires, will help his squad bounce back following the disappointing British Grand Prix. Here are his views ahead of the Nurburgring action:Q. The temperatures are lower than expected here...Jenson Button:
It's supposed to be about 20 degrees (68F) this weekend, but I don't think it's such an issue here, because we have the super-soft tire, which is good. It's the same tyre we used in Bahrain, Monaco and in China, but we obviously didn't get to use it. The super soft works well for us, and even with these temperatures I think we can get it to work well. Maybe other teams will struggle with it.
I think for everyone the harder tire will be a struggle. It's going to be a bitch to get working. I think the idea of getting the tires closer together is a great idea. Because the tires were so far apart that one of the tires never worked during the race weekend. It's a difficult situation, not just for us, but for everyone. Hopefully that won't be the case in the next race in Hungary.Q. So you are not worried about the cooler conditions playing into Sebastian Vettel's hands?JB:
I'd rather it was hotter, but we are going to have to make it work with what we have, but the softer tire is better for us. With a softer tire you can get it to work even with low temperatures. It should be OK. We have some improvements in our car as well, which should help us.
I know that Red Bull has too. So it's going to be a difficult weekend for sure. The Red Bull is not just Sebastian and I think Mark is going to be quick here. He has more experience round here than Sebastian does. Sebastian has never raced in an F1 car here.Q. Is this weekend going to be an indication of where do you go from here?JB:
No, I don't think so. Every race is different and the way the tyres work and the way the weather's been, and the way the weather affects different cars is going to happen in every race that we go to, which makes it exciting but difficult for us working in Formula 1.
Hungary should be a hot race, and that should help us. Here it's colder, but hopefully with the softer tire it won't be an issue for us. I think all year we are going to turn up at every race not knowing who is going to be on top and who is going to be fighting in front. It's exciting.Q. Do you feel comfortable with your lead in the championship?JB:
You are never comfortable, unless you have enough points that they can't beat you in the championship. So much can happen and as soon as you have one issue everything else follows. At Silverstone we started sixth on the grid, and was stuck behind Jarno (Trulli) and your race is finished. We just have to make sure we don't make any mistakes in qualifying and in the race, and we have to be as close to the Red Bulls as we possibly can.
If the Red Bull beat us in every race they are going to win the championship easily. We have to fight them, we cannot sit back and relax. It's not comfortable, for sure. I think that's good because of the excitement and the adrenalin. After Silverstone the guys at the factory stepped it up a gear and the parts that were coming in three races' time are now coming in two races. You are never comfortable, but you have to say I'd rather be me in a Brawn than Sebastian or Mark in a Red Bull.Q. Is Mark the bigger threat this weekend?JB:
I don't know. If you look at the two drivers, Sebastian looks like he can be quicker. At the circuits he has been he's been the quicker driver. But consistency-wise, Webber looks stronger. He's a lot smoother and looks less ragged than Sebastian. It's two different style. I hope they are doing the same as us, which is looking after both drivers in the same way. We are eight race in and we all deserve a fair shot at it.
Mark is just 3.5 points behind Sebastian. They are fighting each other as Rubens as myself. I've obviously have a bigger lead over Rubens, but still not enough, if you know what I mean. We are allowed to race, and we don't know who is going to be on top in this race.
There are four cars that we know are going to be competitive. There's a chance that the Ferraris and the Toyotas are going to be there as well, but if you look at the last couple of races you'd say it was the Red Bulls and the Brawns in front. It's exciting because you never know who is going to be on the front row or who is going to cross the line first.Q. If you weren't to win this weekend, would you like to see Mark win this race?JB:
He's done a good job this year and he has been very consistent. We know each other quite well from the Benetton days, when he was a test driver. We have spent quite a lot of time together. For me, the person that's further behind me I'd like to win the race. I'd rather Mark wins than Sebastian. If I'm not winning, I want to be as close as I can to the front.Q. Does that fact that everyone is now talking about Red Bull take pressure off you? Are you more comfortable in this situation?JB:
No, I'd rather be winning. Every race I've been to this year I've been pretty comfortable and pretty confident in myself and the team. It's not going to make any difference. It's nice to have a different topic to talk about, but no, it doesn't change my confidence.
If two cars beat you by over 40 seconds, you wouldn't say you are under less pressure. If anything, you'd be under more pressure. But I'm pretty happy. We have made some good changes to the car coming here, but nobody knows if they are enough or not. We'll have to wait and see.