BAR Target Wins, Not Points

BAR boss Nick Fry has said he does not want Jenson Button to change his attacking approach to racing despite the crash that cost the team their first points of the year in the Canadian Grand Prix

BAR Target Wins, Not Points

Button had taken a surprise pole in Montreal and was battling with eventual second placed finisher Michael Schumacher when he made a mistake at the final corner and crashed into the tyre barriers.

But although BAR are seeking to start scoring points after a disastrous start to the campaign, Fry insists that he would rather his drivers crash out while fighting at the front than take it easy and finish out of the points.

"I think it was encouraging and a demonstration of some good challenging spirit," said Fry about Button's performance. "Jenson drove exceptionally well on Saturday and these things happen.

"He is a very smooth driver who rarely makes a mistake but you can't drive at this speed week-in, week-out and not expect that to occasionally happen. We are proud of what he did and better for him to have an accident when he is challenging at the front that for us to be driving around in tenth place."

Fry concedes that the early season retirements and the two-race ban have effectively ruined the team's chances of a decent finish in this year's Constructors' Championship, but he is adamant they have not changed the outfit's focus on grabbing a maiden win this year.

"The objective this year is to win a race, the Championship position is clearly not important now and that was never our primary aim for this year anyway.

"We are just going to continue to race as hard as we can and try to find that elusive first win. I think we can get one. The car is fundamentally good, it has been going well, we messed up in Germany but here we demonstrated what we can do, there are a lot more improvements coming in Europe and we are optimistic.

"The car is fast, we like Indianapolis and we did well there last year so there is no reason why we won't be up with the McLarens and Renaults again. We will get some points soon, no doubt, but we would much prefer to be challenging for third and fail than get eighth or something.

"We want the big points, not the tiddlers. It's all or nothing."

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