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Canadian Grand Prix: Struggling Button eyes strong finish

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Jun 08, 2012 at 02:16pm IST

Montreal: McLaren's Jenson Button is targeting a big result in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix to put his flagging season back on track. The struggling 32-year-old British driver's attempt to reclaim the Formula One title has seen him slip to sevenin the championship, 31 points off leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari.

"In the last few races, I've retired twice and scored two points in the other race. They haven't been my finest weekends. So I need to score some good points this weekend to get it back on track," said Button.

Having won the season opener in Australia, Button finished second and third in the next two races but has struggled at the other races. "To be honest, I purposefully haven't looked at the points for the last few races," he said, "but I don't think anyone is streaking away in the championship just yet - as we've seen, it's been a very mixed bag this year. It just hasn't gone my way, or the team's way, in the last few races, but that will turn round and we will be back scoring good points."

Struggling Button eyes strong finish

The McLaren driver is in danger of slipping further behind in his attempt to defend his title.

Button's team-mate Lewis Hamilton is fourth in the championship, 13 points behind Alonso, but has yet to win a race despite qualifying fastest in three of the six races. "We're still in the fight. I am battling out there to try to win, we just haven't got that first one yet, but I'm sure we will at some stage,” said Hamilton.

"So far the qualifying has been good, we're just trying to improve on our race results. We've got that foundation now so if we can continue with that and improve our pace we could have some good results."

Leading the standings is Alonso, despite driving a car that was 1.5 second off the pace at the start of the F1 season. With 14 races to go, the Spaniard is in danger of losing his spot unless Ferrari improved his car. "As long as there are different winners in races, you need to be consistent if you want to lead the championship," said Alonso. "If sooner or later we arrive now at some races, maybe in July, when there are three races in four weeks, and in those races one guy manages to win two races, then you need something more than consistency. We need to improve the pure pace of the car."

For the first time in F1 history, the first six races have been won by six different drivers.

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