Button staying grounded


BARCELONA, May 11 – Jenson Button ducked all invitations to talk about winning the drivers' world championship after winning Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix, his fourth victory in five races this year.BRAWN_GPHe did, however, say that he believed the Brawn GP team was now established as the outfit to beat at the head of the field at the beginning of the European phase of the 17-race F1 season.

His win ahead of team-mate Rubens Barrichello in a convincing Brawn one-two lifted him 14 points clear of the Brazilian in the title race.

Button said: "This is a dream come true so far this season for us. Even when times are tough we seem to be able to get the wins.

"When it goes well, it goes well and last year when it went bad, it went bad!
"So I feel on top of the world at the moment. The team have done a great job and with this package you can see we have got our advantage back again."

Asked if he felt it was time to admit he is now the outstanding championship contender, he said he preferred to concentrate on the races and the racing.

"I just think that at this stage of the season it is all about being aggressive and going for wins," he said. "I am not going to start thinking any other way."

He said the team switched him to a two-stop strategy during the race, against his initial instincts.

"We were both going in that direction, but they switched me to two stops to cover all our bases," said Button.

"Three stops was the quicker strategy, we thought. I wasn’t sure about going to two stops because when I put the fuel on board it felt very heavy. The back end was moving around a bit.

"I didn’t think I would come out ahead of Felipe (Massa) and Sebastian (Vettel), but I did. So I put my head down and concentrated on going as fast as possible.

"Coming back to Europe and winning at Barcelona, a circuit I have always found tough, is great and gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season.

"I feel we have learned a lot this weekend and I have done personally, too. I think that with this car it is not enough to be smooth. I think to be fast in this car you have to throw it around a bit – and that is what I hope to do at the Monaco Grand Prix (on May 24).

It should be pretty special."