Red Bull will not dominate Formula One in the way Ferrari did with Michael Schumacher, who won five straight titles for the Scuderia at the beginning of the century, according to McLaren’s Jenson Button.
Button, whose smooth second place at the Sepang circuit went almost unnoticed amid the mayhem of pit stops that surrounded him during yesterday’s Malaysian grand prix, said: “When Michael won so many races the Ferraris were just so fast. Everyone thought Red Bull were going to walk away with it because they were so strong but I don’t think it is the case now. They still have a little bit in hand but we are closer and we will keep pulling them back.”
And Button is confident McLaren can start closing the gap in China this weekend. He said: “We can hopefully take the fight to them in China. I’m sure F1 wants that and I’m sure the Red Bull wants a challenge and not to have it all there own way.
“This team has the facilities. Look at how quickly we have improved the car and we are not stopping there. There are a lot of exciting things in the pipeline.”
There is a professional optimism about most teams in Formula One – it is what big pay packets and lucrative sponsorship deals demand. But the McLaren drivers, Button and Lewis Hamilton, seem genuinely upbeat about closing the gap.