Alonso backs Button for F1 title


BUDAPEST, July 24 – Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso believes Jenson Button will resist the pressure from his Red Bull rivals and take this year's Formula One world title.FERNANDO_ALONSOThe 27-year-old Renault driver, who has experienced similar spells of pressure, said Button need not be too concerned at the Red Bull pairing’s recent back-to-back one-twos.

He said: "I think a 20-point gap is quite a big gap. It’s true that Red Bull finished one-two in the last races, but this is not a normal thing. They cannot always finish one-two.

"There is always something happening in the races so Jenson has a good margin. If I bet, I’d bet on Jenson at the moment, but I think in the next three or four Grands Prix, we’ll see a better picture — and if Brawn can still win races."

The Spaniard suspects that the warm conditions at the Hungaroring will bring Brawn back into contention, but tips Red Bull as the team to beat this weekend.

"I think many things can change from the last two races," he said.

"Silverstone was very cold, the Nurburgring had some rain as well, so they were not normal races.

"I think here will be a much more normal scenario, even though I think the Red Bull could be the quickest car here as well. The difference is not so big and Brawn can fight for victory again.

"But we’ll see this weekend. McLaren has also improved a lot, Toyota is always quick, so is Williams, Force India is not slow anymore, it will be a very interesting weekend."