Updated: 26/07/2012 10:05 | By pa.press.net

Button: Alonso's luck could turn



Jenson Button, pictured, is 86 points behind Fernando Alonso in the drivers' standings

Jenson Button, pictured, is 86 points behind Fernando Alonso in the drivers' standings

Jenson Button would love to see Fernando Alonso endure the kind of bad luck that has recently undermined his Formula One world title hopes.

Following a wretched run of results which had seen him collect just seven points from six races, Button was left breathing a considerable sigh of relief after Sunday's German Grand Prix.

The 32-year-old finally returned to form, with his third place at the flag later upgraded to second by the Hockenheim stewards after Sebastian Vettel was penalised for an illegal pass on Button.

It was just reward for the angst Button has gone through over the past few months, but he still had to contend with Alonso widening the gap at the top of the drivers' championship as the Spaniard won his 30th Formula One race.

Button has now fallen 86 points adrift of Alonso, whose amazing consistency of late is underlined by the fact he is two races shy of equalling Michael Schumacher's nine-year-old record of 24 consecutive results in the points.

Button concedes the gap is "massive", but as he can testify this season, one poor weekend can be the catalyst for a woeful run.

He told Press Association Sport: "Fernando has been phenomenal these last few races, he has done a great job. But it could easily go so very wrong. If you have one bad race where you don't finish, you get to the next and think 'I have to get back up there', only for you or the team to make a mistake.

"I'm not saying Ferrari are going to make mistakes. I'm just saying you never know, that when it gets difficult, what can happen within a team. We just have to hope they do get a little bit of bad luck like we've had.

"At the moment you can't see it happening, but it could easily do so in the next race because Ferrari are not on their own. They have us and the Red Bulls who are competitive, and if we all do a good job that could mean him finishing fifth, or even worse with Lotus also in the mix.

"It could easily turn around for him, but at the moment, I must say he is doing a great job and he deserves to be where he is."

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Its not Alonso getting good luck.

Its the fact he is getting everything out of the car Saturday and Sunday. Button keeps opening his mouth. At the start of the year he said 'Fernando isnt in the championship, hes not a worry', then 'Ferrari wont out develop us', then 'Ferrari have lucked into sorting their tyre problems'.

Yes Jenson. Its Alonso getting good luck by scoring 22 points finishes in a row. Its Alonso geting good luck by consistently not making any driver errors in the races. its good luck by not making a mistake during the pit stops. Its good luck getting the strategy correct; after getting the strategy wrong in Canada.

Its not good luck. Its skill and maximising EVERY opportunity. Vettels retirement in Valencia was luck. Alonso won because of it. But, Alonso qualified 11th. He overtook 10 cars on track, to GET to 2nd position so he could TAKE advantage of Vettel. It wasnt good luck getting upto 2nd. You make your own luck. Alonso has a habit of getting the best consistently. He doesnt have an off day, he doesnt drop the ball. You jenson? oh yeah, 5 non point scores through pure lack of pace. Hamilton has had similar performances where he has dropped back. Redbull, Lotus, Mercedes and Mclaren have all made mistakes. Ferrari's only mistake meant Alonso finished 5th in Canada.

Thats not luck, thats being the best out there.

23/07/2012 20:23
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Sorry button but luck is for losers and Alonso has shown that he is a WINNER fantastic sports man and a fantastic driver" luck has nothing to do with it is called ( HARD WORK ) !! 
23/07/2012 21:41
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Don't confuse luck with skill  !!
25/07/2012 02:43
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FELLOWS, DON'T  misinterpret what Jenson is TRYING to explain. We all love F1 and we follow it KEENLY. We know and witnessed what happen during and after the RACE. So LEAVE JENSON ALONE.  You COULD  interprete anyhow you want, BUT NEVER MISQOUTE HIM.

Lewis BEAT  Lord ALONZO in LEWIS MAIDEN YEAR. What do you  people  have to say about that.

LEWIS had the same car like Lord ALONZO. What is the BLA, BLA, BLA  about ALONZO for.

 

25/07/2012 22:54
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The only driver to be able to outdrive his substandard car is Alonso. Louise Hamilton is more interested in showbiz than F1 and like Vettel can only win when all of his toys are safely in his playpen, as for JB he's a tryer!

Alonson did not have the same equipment or team support as Louise when they were both at McLaren, Ron Dennis had a very public bias towards Louise, and not for the first time at McLaren.

Belated fans of F1 or should I say Lousie can see him do no wrong, my advice is to learn a bit more about F1 and stop sounding as MARDY as Louise does BOO HOO BOO HOO.

 

Alonso a true talent and the skill to beat people who drive better machinery, Imola 2005 amazing, Louise fans will not know about this cos he was still lawnmower racing or something so F1 was boring?

24/07/2012 14:26
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Button is a goal-hanger. Always has been.
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