By Alex Kapadia
Jenson Button fears that his world championship lead will be wiped out in only a few races unless his Brawn GP team gets to grips with the problems they are having with the tyres.
The Formula One driver had hoped hoped to put his tyres woes behind him and that the tight Hungaroring track and the warm weather of the weekend would help him fight back against the resurgent Red Bull Racing outfit.
But for the third consecutive race, the teams problems with the tyres left Button on the back foot and he struggled home seventh.
And with Red Bull’s Mark Webber taking third place to cut into Brawn’s ever decreasing championship advantage, Button is now very worried about the state of affairs.
Button said: “I have lost 15 points to Webber over the past three races, and that is massive.
“It’s five points per race. It means he will be in front of me in four races time, and there are seven races left. So it is for sure not comfortable, but I cannot do anything about it at the moment except we just need to go through the data, which is annoying as we have to wait for two weeks [because of the factory shutdown].”
He added: “We have to sort it out because we are leading the championship, but it is inevitable they are going to overtake us if the Brawns keep going like they are.
“It is nice leading the championship, but it won’t be the case in the next three or four races if we have the performances like we have had in the last few.”
Button says his team has no answers at the moment as to why its early season dominance has come to a halt – but he has faith that the team will come up with the answers he needs to keep his title challenge on course.
He said: “We are running at 60C with the tyres, which is out of their working range. But how do we get them in their working range? That is what we need to work out.”