F1 not boring insists Button

Jenson Button has rejected accusations that Formula One is boring and claimed this weekend's German Grand Prix will prove him right.

Jenson Button has rejected accusations that Formula One is boring and claimed this weekend's German Grand Prix will prove him right.

Critics hit out after a pedestrian French race two weeks ago and called for more excitement and more overtaking from the pinnacle of motorsport.

Formula One has not seen an overtaking move for the lead all season but despite the scarcity of passing in the sport, Button insists a grand prix remains exciting.

He said: "It is (exciting) for me - I am in the middle of the pack at the moment so it is pretty exciting. The problem is that has been said for the last 20 years or more - since the 1970s.

"I am reading James Hunt's book and when it steps into the 1980s he says the same thing - motor racing changed, it is getting boring. It is what we have had for 25-odd years now.

"For me it's not boring, I love the sport." Button is convinced his point will be proved this weekend in Germany, when he expects a thrilling contest.

The revised Hockenheim track is renowned for producing wheel-to-wheel racing, epitomised by Button's stunning fight from 13th to second two years ago, and he expects a race to remember.

"There have been some fantastic overtaking manoeuvres and racing this year," the 26-year-old Honda driver said. This is a place which will showcase that - Hockenheim is a good place to overtake. I think we are going to have some pretty close racing here. I love it."

Button only sees positives in the way Formula One has evolved from a niche event to the most popular sporting spectacle on earth, where billions of pounds are spent in the chase for glory.

He added: "Everyone always says things have changed so much but I don't think they have. One big thing you notice is it's a lot safer now, every year (in the past) someone would get killed."

Arguably Button's finest hour came at Hockenheim two years ago when he equalled his career-best result by battling through the field after an engine penalty.

That was the closest Button has come to victory in his 111-race Formula One career and the only time he has had a car truly capable of breaking his duck.

But he remains focused on moving Honda forward so he can once again enjoy a competitive car.

"We haven't achieved our goal, we haven't had the complete package yet. But we are getting there," he said.

Button gave Honda hope of a return to form by setting the fastest time for a race driver in morning practice yesterday, but slid down the order in the afternoon practice.

Ferrari's Michael Schumacher will be hoping his practice form translates to qualifying and the race after he set the fastest lap in second practice.

Schumacher's world championship rival Fernando Alonso was off the pace, guiding his Renault to 15th. BMW-Sauber test driver Robert Kubica put his only day of driving to good use by clocking the fastest time of the day, of one minute 16.225 secs.

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