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Button plays down Red Bull gains

Highlights - British Grand Prix

By Andrew Benson
BBC Sport at Silverstone

Brawn's Jenson Button played down the advantage of title rivals Red Bull after Sebastian Vettel dominated the British Grand Prix.

Mark Webber followed Vettel home for a Red Bull one-two, with Button sixth, after introducing updates to their car.

"Their new aero package has helped them a lot but I don't think the advantage is as big as it looks," said Button.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner said: "A car that works well here should be quick at all the remaining circuits."

His team were in a class of their own all weekend after introducing a major upgrade to their car, including a new nose, engine cover and diffuser, repositioned axles and revised weight distribution.

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Vettel's fastest lap in the race was more than 0.4 seconds quicker than Button's and set at a time when the track was slower - and the German pulled away from the Englishman's team-mate Rubens Barrichello at a second a lap during the first stint of the race.

His victory moved him to within two points of Barrichello, who is 23 points behind Button.

Vettel said: "Jenson was very strong in all seven races [before Silverstone] and he totally deserves to be in this position. He has a quite comfortable lead still but we are trying to do our best and the only thing that makes sense is to use every opportunity we have.

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"That's the only way to turn it around. It won't be easy but we are totally up for the fight."

Button and his Brawn team believes Red Bull were flattered at Silverstone because the cool temperatures prevented Brawn's car from getting its tyres up to the optimum operating temperature.

"We have just got to hope that Nurburgring (the next race on 12 July) is a bit warmer than here," added Button.

"They will be very quick - they have got a quick car but I don't think their advantage is as big as it looks. I think it's just because our car is not working in these temperatures.

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The Red Bull has always been at least a match for the Brawn in fast corners but at Silverstone it was also the fastest car in the slow and twisty final sector of the lap, which is predominantly the sort of slow corners that have so far favoured Brawn.

Horner said: "We sort of expected the Brawn to be formidable in the last sector but we have managed to appear triple top all weekend in some of the sector times, so it was very encouraging that the car was quick in sector three, which is short, slow speed change of direction and on slow corners.

"That's very encouraging for the rest of the championship. A car that works well here and is quick in all three sectors should theoretically be quick at all the remaining circuits we go to.

"Jenson has had a tremendous run and they've got a formidable lead in both championships but if we can keep taking points off them like we have have we can catch them."

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Horner revealed the team would continue to give both Vettel and Webber equal opportunities for "at least another three or four races".

"All the upgrades have been introduced equally across the two cars," he commented.

"Both drivers are being given the same opportunity. They have a very professional relationship. It's something we will continue to do until it becomes evident that there is a bigger separation. We will keep putting performance and keep giving them the same opportunity going into every weekend."

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