LONDON, June 5, 2011 (AFP) - After six races without a win during which he has watched runaway leader Sebastian Vettel lead the way, Briton Jenson Button is ready to fight back - and hopes to register his first Formula One victory on North American soil next weekend.
The 31-year-old Englishman and his McLaren team-mate and compatriot Lewis Hamilton both feel they have the car and performance package to triumph in next Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix and breathe new life into the title race.
"There's a real momentum within our team at the moment," said Button, who finished a strong third in the Monaco Grand Prix last weekend.
"I think we had a race car good enough to win in both Spain and Monaco.
"With a little improvement to our qualifying, I think we can start to dictate race pace, which was something we were briefly able to show at both of the last two races.
"I'm still very pleased with my performance in Monte Carlo. It wasn't a win, but it was nice to lead the race and to be able to pull away comfortably when I did.
"Even if the result didn't match it, that sort of thing is always nice to keep at the back of your mind."
Button said he feels confident about his chances at the Canadian Grand Prix, where he believes McLaren will have the speed to win the race. "I've never won in North America and I think we have the pace, the development and the momentum to have a good shot at changing that next weekend. "I'm really looking forward to it."
The 2009 champion produced a classic unflustered and well-measured tactical drive last weekend and looked to have an excellent chance of winning the race until a late crash, involving Russian Vitaly Petrov's Renault, required a red flag and race-stoppage.
Hamilton, similarly, looked to be the fastest driver in Monaco for most of the weekend, but was undone by a mixture of naïve tactics and bad luck.
This resulted in him giving vent to his frustration in an outburst about the stewards, for which he apologised.
Now, he is keen to put that behind him and concentrate entirely on a positive result in Montreal.
He said: "I think our car should be well suited to this track -- we have a great engine, the best KERS (Kinetic Energy Regeneration System) hybrid in the sport and excellent traction out of slow corners.
"All in all, it's set to be another good weekend for us. I'll be looking for a strong result on Sunday."