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Last Updated: Monday, 3 July 2006, 15:00 GMT 16:00 UK
Button upbeat about revised car
Jenson Button
Button has accrued just 16 points this season
Jenson Button is confident Honda's new car will lead to improved results for the rest of the Formula One season.

The Englishman has high hopes a heavily revised machine he is due to use at the French race on 16 July can end his run of four races without scoring points.

"There are a lot of exciting things happening. I am itching to get the new aerodynamic package," said Button.

"We have an important test this week when we will be testing parts which will be a good step forward."

However, Button knows bodywork changes will not solve all the problems, which have left Honda way off the pace set by title contenders Renault and Ferrari.

He added: "It won't be the end of it, it won't change it around completely but there are a lot of other things happening which are very promising. It will definitely move us forward."

People will be moving forward but not as much as us

Jenson Button

The 26-year-old claims Honda's poor performance this season is down to difficulties introducing new parts in time.

But with a state-of-the-art wind tunnel now in operation, he is confident Honda's rivals will not improve to the same degree in the coming days.

"People will be moving forward but not as much as us," he said.

"This will be the second big step we have had this year whereas other teams have had 10 or 12 smaller steps. That has been our biggest issue - getting things tested.

"A lot of it is because we have had a lot of work on the new wind tunnel. We should be able to make bigger steps now than we have in the past."


Button had little chance to impress at Indianapolis on Sunday after falling victim to a multi-car pile-up on the first lap.

But he remains positive and insists negativity can only hamper Honda's hopes.

He said: "We had a great opportunity. It's very frustrating but I guess we have to put it behind us.

"It's not where I want to be but there's no use moping around, we won't get anywhere like that.

"We have to keep pushing and keep everyone motivated - that's the only way to move forward."

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