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GP Week : Issue 56
>>F1HUNGARY Jenson: Brawn need to fix tyre problem CHAMPIONSHIP leader Jenson Button has called on his BrawnGP Team to solve the tyre issues that have seen it slip from pace-setters to minor-points scorers over the past three races. Button has admitted that the team’s lack of pace has baffled him, and that the BGP01 simply does not feel as good as it did at the start of the season. It is a problem which he hopes can be resolved over the three week break. “We felt positive that we could get a good result today but unfortunately it turned into damage limitation for our championship challenge. I was heavilyfuelled after qualifying and our plan was to get a good start, stay with the cars in front and then I was going longer at the first stop. “My rear tyres grained massively in the first few laps which took away any chance that I had of keeping pace with the front-runners. “We don’t know what the problem is right now as our pace on the option tyre on Friday was pretty good and we were able to manage the rear end much better than some of the others. “The car just doesn’t feel like it did a few races ago but we’ll work hard to identify the problems before Valencia. It’s disappointing as we had high hopes for this race but we were fortunate to come away with two points.” Haug ecstatic with first KERS win MERCEDES Motorsport boss Norbet Haug has praised the McLaren Mercedes team and Lewis Hamilton, as the reigning World Champion brought home the first Formula 1 victory for a KERSenabled car in history. “I think that this was a fantastic victory and a historic one, the first KERS victory which is marvellous. The guys push so hard in Brixworth and in Stuttgart and the whole confidence of our R&D department is in that system. It was absolutely well-deserved and of course this is the best reward you can get before the summer break. “We worked perfectly as a team. Lewis kept it cool. He could have pushed more but he overtook the winner of the last race on the race track and nobody could have believed that before. I think the spectators liked it.” Haug said that he had believed a win was coming, and that without contact in Germany the team would have stood a good chance of victory at the German Grand Prix. Despite that confidence however, he admitted he had only dared dream of a podium in Hungary. “I am absolutely convinced that if our tyre had not deflated, without Mark [Webber] hitting us, this would have happened at the Nurburgring and we definitely would have been leading the first 17 laps during the first stint. “Overtaking was good at the start but I hoped for a podium here, not for victory to be honest.” 29