London, Sep.13 (ANI): Formula One ace Jenson Button has refused to accept that he is losing it and is cracking under the pressure of the title fight.
He was reacting to his old F1 pal and Red Bull chief, Christian Horner, who reckoned Button could crack just like Stuart 'Psycho' Pearce did in the World Cup semifinal penalty shoot-out with Germany in Italy in 1990.
Horner, preparing for tomorrow's Italian Grand Prix, said: "I'd be worried if I was Jenson. Wouldn't you be? Things have not been going right for him lately. He has tightened up."
"Jenson has not been anywhere near the podium since June and he's probably trying to understand why. Until he answers those questions it"s difficult to see a recovery," The Sun quoted him, as saying.
"He's scored 11 points since Turkey and before that he was getting 10 points at pretty much every race. That makes a difference to your mental state. It"s easier to win from the front than in the demolition zone. That's where he has been," Horner said.
"He needs to find answers. At the moment he is like Stuart Pearce taking a penalty. It's down to mental strength at the end of the day. It's like the top 25 tennis players. They all play the strokes, but it's about who wins the big points. It's the same in any sport."
Button finished sixth fastest in qualifying for Saturday's Italian Grand Prix at Monza as fellow Brit Lewis Hamilton roared to his second pole of the season.
The News of The World quoted a stubborn Button, 28, as saying: "I think some drivers might have a mind guru, but I don't. I don't know what anyone could possibly say that's going to help me."
"I'll say, 'I've been here for 10 years, you haven't. So what can you help me with'.
"I am pretty open minded with many things, but there are certain things I am pretty stubborn about. When it comes to that sort of thing I am pretty stubborn," Button said. (ANI)