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I'LL DO IT FOR ENGLAND; Button vows to beat home hero Vettel and silence German fans.


JENSON BUTTON is desperate to win tomorrow's German Grand Prix at Hockenheim and gain revenge for England's World Cup exit at the hands of their old rivals.

The world champion is more than ready to take on the role of villain tomorrow in front of 123,000 German supporters rooting for home favourite Sebastian Vettel's success.

And with memories of another embarrassing World Cup defeat at the hands of Germany still tender, Button would even be happy about it.

But his performance at the wheel will have to be a good deal better than yesterday's dodgy German accent which was more 'Allo 'Allo than 'Ockenheim.

Button joked: "If they class being bad guys as beating ze Germans I am happy with zat.

"I would love to stand on the top step of the podium here. I have been second and third but never won.

"It is important for us as a team, too, to win before the summer break. If I cross the finish line first I will be thinking of England.

"I will be very happy because we have got to be fighting for victories at this stage of the season."

Behind the scenes McLaren are immersed in a desperate technical battle and have finally zeroed in on Red Bull's domination - a clever system under the rear of the car which uses exhaust gasses to improve grip and increases cornering speeds.

McLaren's version had a disastrous debut and was shelved after a single day at Silverstone but it is heavily revised and back on the car here, everyone well aware their title hopes live or die on its success.

Button is aware, too, that he may be second in the championship to Lewis Hamilton but his own title challenge has faded since the heights of April.

He hasn't beaten Hamilton in qualifying since then - and a 10-point lead has become a 12-point deficit.

Two races in eight days, here and in Hungary, precede the watershed summer recess. After that it's a sevenrace sprint to the championship's conclusion.

Benefit Button said: "We are first and second in the championship ahead of the Red Bulls but that will not go on forever. We have to make sure we've improvements at every race and we have got to see an improvement here.

"We didn't get the full benefit at Silverstone but we should here and that will take us into an area where we can fight the Red Bulls for victory. We need that and I want to be the one that stands on the top step.

"I am 12 points behind my team-mate and I would like to close that up before the summer break. We have got be looking at the top step in the next two races."

Hamilton believes Red Bull rival Mark Webber hid his real pace in the British Grand Prix and could have romped to victory almost a minute clear of the rest.

Rather than the tantalisingly close duel for victory witnessed by a packed 160,000 audience as Hamilton doggedly clung to Webber's rear wing, post-race analysis has shown the Australian was only doing as much as was needed to stay ahead.

Hamilton said: "The Red Bull car is ridiculously quick as we saw at Silverstone in qualifying. It's something like a second ahead in pure pace. In race pace they were very strong.

"Webber just needed to turn it up and he'd have pulled a much bigger gap than he had to me and I was flat chat.

"We can't continue to rely on others making mistakes. To win the championship we need to be scoring maximum points."

Hamilton's hopes were hit yesterday when he crashed out in pouring rain testing McLaren's latest development of Red Bulls' race-winning secret weapon, the blown diffuser.


BUTTON UP: Jenson Button wants glory in Germany, below, Sebastian Vettel
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Date:Jul 24, 2010
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