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There can be no excuses - Button

HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX
Venue: Hungaroring Dates: 24-26 July 2009 Coverage: Live coverage of Friday's practice sessions, Saturday qualifying and Sunday's race - which starts at 1300 BST - across BBC TV, radio and online platforms. Find full listings here

Jenson Button
Button, 29, is eager to reignite his championship bid at the Hungaroring

By Sarah Holt
BBC Sport at the Hungaroring

Jenson Button insists there can be "no excuses" as he seeks to return to winning ways at Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Brawn GP driver has a 21-point lead in the drivers' championship race but saw his Red Bull rivals inch closer with wins in Britain and Germany.

"There are no excuses," said Button. "We have everything to play for.

"Red Bull have us to contend with here - in the last races they didn't. We'll be pushing them a lot more in Hungary."

Button and his team-mate Rubens Barrichello struggled to get enough heat in their tyres when confronted with colder temperatures at Silverstone and the Nurburgring.

They've already taken 11 points from me in the last two races - that is too many

Jenson Button

But warmer conditions are predicted at the Hungaroring, where the low-speed corners and high downforce track will also suit the Brawn cars.

"It is hot here and that is a good thing," added Button, who won his first race in unusually wet conditions in Hungary three years ago.

"When I say we don't have excuses, I mean we don't have poor weather to fall back on. It's all positive and everything is in our favour."

Brawn have also arrived in Budapest with a series of mainly aerodynamic updates, while Red Bull have only added minor tweaks to their car.

"We have significant updates for Budapest which will bring performance gains," said team principal Ross Brawn.

"We have not been able to achieve the full potential of our car at the same time as our competitors have taken a step forward.

"However, we are confident that the inherent performance of our car has not disappeared."

Button is also confident the Brawn's new bits and pieces will help him regain the upper hand over Red Bull's Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.

"The updates will move us forward a good chunk," said Button, who has taken the chequered flag six times this season.

"Hopefully it will be enough to challenge the Red Bulls.

"We have to start beating them again and challenging them, otherwise they will take too many points off us.

"They've already taken 11 points from me in the last two races - that is too many."

606: DEBATE

But Webber, who claimed his first GP win with a dominant performance in Germany, says Red Bull are ready to take the fight to Brawn this weekend.

The Australian warned the team's one-two finishes in Britain and Germany were because of a genuine step forward in pace - and not simply because Brawn lost ground in unfavourable conditions.

"We do not think other people are going slower," insisted Webber. "We believe we are going faster.

"We are here to race the Brawns this weekend - we are happy to race them at every venue.

"We are not a million miles away from them but McLaren and Renault are coming back and I think it will be a tighter race between all the teams this weekend."



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