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GP Week : 01-Sep-2009
F1 BELGIUM >> JENSON Button has downplayed his failure to nish the Belgian Grand Prix, after contact with Romain Grosjean saw both drivers retire from the race on the rst lap. Button, who had qualified his BrawnGP a lowly 14th, was buoyed by the fact that his closest rival, team-mate Rubens Barrichello, only scored two points in the race, while Mark Webber failed to score at all. Although Sebastian Vettel made it onto the podium, Button inferred that he still sees Barrichello as his biggest threat as Red Bull Racing failed to take the race victory many had expected in Spa. "I'm positive; there's no reason to be down," he said. "I lost two points of my championship lead, which is not good. We've just got to hope it goes the other way at the next race." "Rubens obviously got a couple of points, then Red Bull made a mistake in the pit-stop and he [Webber] wasn't able to score any points, which is good for the championship. This is a race we expected the Red Bulls to easily win, so it shows that a lot of teams are strong now." Button insisted that Brawn had to be in a positive frame of mind for Monza in two weeks time, as he strives to regain podium- winning form. "We've got to look forward to Monza, which is a circuit with low downforce," he continued. "The car did work here. We've just got to make sure we get the right balance with the car. We've already talked about the ideas for Monza, the certain things you need to have a quick lap there, and also how we go about the weekend." Button downplays shocking race BMW back in business BMW Sauber will claim the mantle of the best team in the Belgian Grand Prix, as the only squad to return both its cars in the points. After recording its best qualifying performance of the season with Nick Heidfeld third on the grid and Robert Kubica fifth, even damage picked up by both drivers could not stop the team from coming home in fourth and fifth to score some much-needed points. Kubica, who finished fourth, said he was happy to be in the hunt for podiums again and pointed to Monza as another track that should suit BMW. "At times we lacked a bit of speed but, of course, it is good to be fighting for podiums again," he said. "The result means a lot of points for the team and is good. Unfortunately we didn't have the chance to achieve anything better. The result proves we are quite competitive on low downforce tracks, which is a positive sign for Monza. However, we have to analyse why the car was more competitive and felt better during qualifying yesterday." The result for BMW saw the team take nine points from the Belgian Grand Prix weekend, the very number they had managed to achieve in the 11 races up to the Spa weekend. 27