Reporters annoy Button in Belgium

Jenson Button came close to losing his temper in the Spa-Francorchamps paddock when meeting with English speaking reporters. After the championship leader finished just seventh while his Brawn teammate Rubens Barrichello won a week ago at ...

Jenson Button came close to losing his temper in the Spa-Francorchamps paddock when meeting with English speaking reporters.

After the championship leader finished just seventh while his Brawn teammate Rubens Barrichello won a week ago at Valencia, a brave journalist asked Briton Button, 29, what he thinks about those who wonder if he really wants to win the title.

"I don't think people are saying that seriously," he answered. "Who could possibly say that?"

Button's brow furrowed and he worded the question to himself: "Does Jenson want this title or not? It's a pretty silly question, isn't it? Why the f*** am I here?"

It was explained to the winner of six Grands Prix this year not that his desire to win is actually in doubt, but that it is good to hear his unequivocal response anyway.

"This is not what I have to say because that is not a question, is it?" Button continued. "In reality, that is not the question -- it can't be. 'Does he want the title?' 'No, I want to finish second or third'," he said mockingly, then laughed.

It is reported that Button was overly critical of Sebastian Vettel's driving at the Valencia start last Sunday, and predicted by pundits that his slump in form has a psychological rather than a technical source.

He told the reporters in Belgium: "What I'd like to do now is stand up, walk away, have a good weekend and then we'll talk about it afterwards because there will be loads of silly questions.

"This is not the part of the job I need to be thinking about too much now, I want to focus on the driving," Button added.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Rubens Barrichello , Sebastian Vettel