Button admits 'no excuses' for Hungary struggle

With three words, championship leader Jenson Button on Thursday summed up his situation as basking sun beat down on the Hungaroring. "There's no excuses," said the Briton, who has struggled in the cold of F1's last two outings while title...

With three words, championship leader Jenson Button on Thursday summed up his situation as basking sun beat down on the Hungaroring.

"There's no excuses," said the Briton, who has struggled in the cold of F1's last two outings while title chasers Red Bull dominated.

It was said that at Silverstone and the Nurburgring, races that shattered Button's dominance of the opening part of the 2009 season, the Brawn car could not gets its tyres to work.

Although set to cool down slightly for the decisive sessions on Saturday and Sunday, Hungary will be markedly warmer, and the twisting nature of the circuit near Budapest is expected to not flatter Red Bull's aerodynamic advantage.

Moreover, while Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have enjoyed big car improvements of late, the development has tapered slightly for Hungary, while Brawn is unveiling a significant aero upgrade.

2009 winners Vettel and Webber have cut back Button's previously huge lead to 21 points after Germany, and another looming problem for the Brawn team leader is that if he again struggles this weekend, runners for the improving McLaren and Ferrari could take even more points away from him.

Acknowledging the danger of Red Bull's recently prodigious pace, Button told F1's official website: "Since they have beaten us in the last two races, they could destroy us in the championship."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Mark Webber , Sebastian Vettel
Teams Ferrari , McLaren