Button stays positive after poor day

Championship leader Jenson Button says he is staying positive ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix despite a poor qualifying on Saturday

Button stays positive after poor day

The Brawn driver, hoping for a good result that would end Red Bull's run of victories, endured a disappointing day and finished down in eighth position on a track where overtaking is virtually impossible.

Red Bull's driver Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber will start from second and third.

Button completed just one flying run in Q3 and was unable to fight for the top positions, but the Briton said he is staying positive for the race.

"The car felt reasonably good through the first two sessions today although none of my laps were perfect due to traffic and yellow flags," said Button.

"I thought we would be competitive in Q3 but unfortunately the work required on the car meant that I was only able to get one run and that was on a heavy fuel load with four more laps of fuel than we had planned.

"We were on the edge of the working range for the tyres today with the cooler temperatures so the car wasn't handling quite as well as in practice.

"Starting from eighth on the grid isn't ideal and I'm on the dirty side but we're remaining positive and will see what we can do from there."

Team-mate Rubens Barrichello finished in 13th place after suffering a problem at the end of Q2.

"We had a great plan for qualifying today and I was confident that we could have a really good session," he said. "Unfortunately I had the problem with the rear of the car on my second timed lap in Q2 and I had to come into the pits and abandon the lap.

"I was unlucky to have had traffic on my first lap otherwise that might have been enough to make it into the top ten.

"Starting from 13th at this circuit where it is almost impossible to overtake will make for a really tough race tomorrow but at least we can choose the fuel load and we'll give everything to get some points."

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