Team must recover and bounce back – Button

Button who is leading the drivers’ standings said that Red Bull has been phenomenal after finishing one-two twice consecutively and if they continue this good run, his position at the top will be threatened.

He said "Overall it has been a tough and disappointing day for the team. I just can't wait to get to Hungary in two weeks where we will have new parts and hopefully warmer weather to take the fight to the Red Bulls."

He added that "All points are valuable but my race started badly and didn't get much better today. I had a poor start to drop back to fifth after the first turn and was able to get ahead of Massa at the start of the second lap but just couldn't get past Kovalainen. His pace was way off what we could have achieved at that point of the race but there was just no way through. We struggled with graining and tyre degradation throughout with both tyres not working well for us. The problem with the fuel rig at Rubens' second stop also affected my race as we were so close on the track and he was struggling with the prime tyre."

Disappointing as it may be, he has to take heart with how things ended where they managed to get some points out of the race. Button only managed to finish at sixth spot in Britain and fifth in Germany, definitely not the positions he would like coming into the second half of the season, having led the standings for so long.

He added that "It's quite good because Vettel's now got him right behind him in the championship. They'll be taking points off each other – if Vettel had won here it would have been a disaster. I'm looking forward to Hungary, though, when we should have a few new parts. We really need to beat the Red Bulls there. The start was bad with cars all around me and people outbraking themselves. I got a few places back and got up to fourth with Massa and Kovalainen but their pace was way off and there was no way through, so it made it a difficult race”