Button: Hopefully we can challenge Vettel

Date published: October 31 2011

Jenson Button is determined to challenge Sebastian Vettel at the Abu Dhabi GP after falling short of the mark in India…

Jenson Button is determined to challenge Sebastian Vettel at the Abu Dhabi GP after falling short of the mark in India.

Although Button finished the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in second place behind the Red Bull, at no stage did he pose a threat to Vettel’s victory.

With the gap hovering around the four second mark for the bulk of the race, a spate of fastest laps at the very end saw Vettel cross the line eight seconds ahead of Button.

That secured Vettel the triple for the Indian GP weekend as he claimed pole position, clocked the fastest and won the race having led all 60 laps.

It was also yet another sign that there is almost no stopping the German this season, although Button says McLaren will do everything they can to at least attempt that at the next race in Abu Dhabi.

“I don’t have an answer for you really,” Button said when asked if Vettel would be untouchable in the final two races of the campaign.

“Is he going to be untouchable? I don’t know. I hope not, and we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that he doesn’t win the next two races but he’s obviously been very strong all year.

“It’s very, very difficult to challenge Red Bull and Sebastian, but we’re doing everything we can and I think we did everything right but we just weren’t quick enough.

“So for the next two weeks, we’ve got to hope that we can make some improvements for Abu Dhabi, a circuit where they’re generally very quick but then again, they were generally very quick in Japan, Suzuka, so…

“Hopefully we will work well there and we will get everything right and we can challenge Sebastian.”

With two races remaining, Button is second in the Drivers’ Championship, 13 points ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.