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Button determined to end win drought

Jenson Button, Brawn, Valencia 2009Jenson Button says he has no interest in limping to world championship glory with just points-scoring finishes, as he says his focus is on ending his victory drought.

The Brawn GP driver has scored just 11 points in the five races since his Turkish Grand Prix triumph, and is struggling to find the form he will need if he is going to stave off his main rivals.

Although he is keeping a positive outlook on the remaining races in the calendar, he is well aware that the best way for him to clinch the crown is to go out and win races.

"We've got to start getting back to being competitive," he explained. "All I need to do is finish fourth or fifth, but that's not what I want to do. I want to win races.

"You've got say 'think about the championship', but I still want to win races. It's what I'm here to do and it's what I love doing, competing at the front.

"So I'm going to be aggressive. I'm not going to suddenly back off after qualifying and take it easy in the races because if I'm in fifth I still want to do well, I still want to win races and I still want to be competitive, and that's exactly what will hopefully happen in Monza."

Button still has a 16-point advantage over team-mate Rubens Barrichello in the title standings, with Red Bull Racing duo Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber a further few points adrift.

Despite seeing his advantage whittled away in recent races, Button sees no reason to feel depressed about the situation.

"I've just got to get my head down and work with the team to solve our issues, and work on the set up for Monza," said Button. "We've already discussed what we're going to do there, so I'm looking forward to it.

"I'm positive and excited about the challenge of the next few races. I'm not frustrated or negative. We've a little bit of work to do to make sure the car works over the kerbs in Monza, but it's a circuit that should be reasonably good for our car."

He added: "I think we will see the Red Bulls going shorter in Monza, but I don't think they will be the main rivals there, it's going to be more the McLarens and the Force Indias because they are good on low downforce.

"Kimi will also be quick, and I don't know who is going to be in the other Ferrari.

"But we're looking forward to it because it is a circuit that should suit us, although if you've got KERS it will be better for you because you can give it a double boost along the home straight. You've got six seconds out of Parabolica, and six seconds after the start-finish line, so they are going to be pulling half a second, six tenths on us on a qualifying lap."

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