Button: 24 points is a big lead

Date published: April 11 2011

Although Jenson Button concedes Sebastian Vettel has an impressive lead in the Drivers’ Championship, he says there is ample time to pull it back…

Although Jenson Button concedes Sebastian Vettel has an impressive lead in the Drivers’ Championship, he says there is ample time to pull it back.

Vettel made a flying start to his title defence, claiming back-to-back victories in Australia and Malaysia, giving him the maximum 50 points.

And the chasing pack, led by Button, is fast falling by the wayside.

The Brit, thanks to his second-place finish in Malaysia, is already 24 points behind Vettel but with 425 still to play for, well, there is plenty of time to catch up.

“At this moment in time, yes, Sebastian’s the person to beat,” Button said. “He’s won two races out of two and nobody else has been consistent.

“He’s got a 24-point lead and that’s a lot after two races, but there are still another 17 to go, maybe 18.

“Of course, the Red Bulls’ pace is very good. I think, in terms of pace we, the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team, are the second best, but I think we need to find some improvements.

“That’s in the pipeline. It’s exciting for us that we’ve made some good improvements already and, hopefully, in China, we can make a really good race of it.”