Button buoyed by upgrades

Jenson Button (14/1 German Grand Prix outright) is hoping the recent upgrades made by McLaren will help him finally get back into contention at this weekend’s German Grand Prix.

After winning the opening race of the season in Melbourne, Button has struggled to match his rivals and now sits a lowly ninth in the drivers’ standings, 79 points adrift of championship leader Fernando Alonso.

After yet another disappointing last race a Silverstone, where he only managed to finish 10th, the 32-year-old has spent much of the last fortnight in a simulator in an attempt to perfect his set-up ahead of this weekend’s race in Hockenheim.

McLaren (9/2 Constructors Championship outright) are set to introduce a number of new upgrades to their car in Germany as they continue to try and boost both Button and team-mate Lewis Hamilton’s chances of winning the 2012 world title.

The 2009 champion says he’s looking forward to putting the new parts into action and believes they could help his team close the gap on their rivals.

“They’re very straightforward, it’s nothing to do with complicated exhaust blowing, so hopefully we should put them on and we should just go faster,” Button said. “We haven’t got slower. It’s just that other people have either found themselves or made good improvements.

“I don’t think we’ve had a big enough update yet to really be in the mix. Here should be that update and I hope that it takes us back to the front.”

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