Jenson Button believes his worst run of form with McLaren could yet provide a springboard to world title glory this season.
After admitting to being “very lost and confused” after another poor performance and result in the Canadian Grand Prix 12 days ago, Button is determined to haul himself out of the mire.
Trailing McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 43 points in the drivers’ standings after collecting two in the last four races, the hope is a corner can be turned in tomorrow’s European Grand Prix.
Stringent analysis of reams of data have resulted in a number of set-up changes for the race around the Valencia Street Circuit. The only downside is that practice yesterday did not go according to plan for either Button or Hamilton, with the duo finishing 12th and 14th, just under a second behind Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel.
But Button said: “I’m not letting what’s happened of late play on my mind. I probably would have let it five or six years ago, but not now.
“I’m at the point in my career where I’m with a great team, I’ve won the world championship, won many races, and you realise it can’t all be good. You have to go through difficult times.
“As long as you learn in those difficult times and you improve yourself, which I think you can, then I don’t think it’s a bad thing.
“I’m not going into this race feeling negative. I’m confident in myself, in the car and my chances of fighting for the title.”