Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Worried Button Feels Heat from Webber in Title Chase; Brition Fears That His F1 Championship Dream Is Slipping Away as Red Bull Rival Continues to Close the Gap. by David Smith

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Worried Button Feels Heat from Webber in Title Chase; Brition Fears That His F1 Championship Dream Is Slipping Away as Red Bull Rival Continues to Close the Gap. by David Smith

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Byline: David Smith

Jenson BUTTon fears his Formula one world title dreams will slip through his fingers unless his team arrest the current slide.

After six wins from the opening seven races, Button has failed to make the podium in the last three rounds, finishing seventh in yesterday's Hungarian Grand Prix.

While Brawn GP have struggled, red Bull have been the form team with Mark Webber cutting the Briton's lead to 18.5 points after finishing third at the Hungaroring.

Button has drawn comparisons between himself and a cyclist leading the Tour de France but who is unable to climb.

"i feel like i'm wearing the yellow jersey knowing that when i get to the mountains i'm going to be useless and overtaken," he said.

"i've lost 15 points to Webber over the last three races, which is massive -- five points per race.

"He'll be in front of me in four races time, and there are seven races left, so it's not a comfortable lead, but i can't do anything about it. We're leading the championship, but it is inevitable they are going to overtake us if the performances keep going like they are. We've got to sort it out."

The one saving grace for Button is McLaren and Ferrari have finally redis-coveretheir form, with Lewis Hamilton and Kimi raikkonen one and two yesterday.

now driving much quicker cars, and aided by the power boost from Kers, Formula one's old order was restored at the Hungaroring.

it means the teams are not only taking points off Button but also the red Bulls of Webber and sebastian vettel, who had claimed one-twos in the previous couple of races.

"in a way it's good because the red Bulls are suffering a little," said Button. "They're finding it a bit difficult, which is nice.

"At the next race in valencia, Kers is reasonably important, but the big Kers circuits will be spa and Monza. i feel they are going to destroy us on those two circuits -- which is maybe a good thing!" Webber, though, does not believe that the Kers cars will dominate the rest of the season.

He said: "Thankfully we capitalised in the early part of the championship when the McLarens and Ferraris were struggling in terms of points, which was a big benefit to us. …

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