London, Sep 25: McLaren driver Jensen Button has expressed fears that team’s failure to finish off races would seriously affect their chances of winning the Formula One constructors’ chances this season.
The Brit posted a second place finish in Singapore but his teammate, Lewis Hamilton, ground to a halt on the 23rd lap with a gearbox problem when he was in the lead.
Hamilton’s retirement handed an easy victory to Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and means McLaren have now failed to bring both cars home in five of the last seven races.
Button has demanded that the team iron out their problems quickly or risk losing more ground to runaway leaders Red Bull.
“The failure to finish races is affecting us in the constructors’ championship. The team is doing such a good job in every other area but two failures in two races is not what McLaren is about,” the Sun quoted Button, as saying.
“We have to solve these issues and move forward. The pace of the car is there so that is why it is tough because we are throwing away a lot of points. That’s 43 points we have probably lost and that is tough,” he added.
“I don’t think we have the best car. We are very strong in qualifying but Red Bull have good race pace. They will be very competitive now. It will be very competitive in Japan. The Red Bulls will be strong plus I don’t think we will have the advantage some people think we will,” he said. (ANI)