McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button believes that the Woking based outfit are making progress with the development of this years MP4-29 despite what has been by their extremely high standards a difficult season. The outfit are currently in 6th place in the Constructors championship, 6 points behind the Sahara Force India Formula One Team with five race's to go this season.
The Woking based outfit have scored just two podium finishes this season which came at the season opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
Button, who has yet to sign a new contract with McLaren for next season was left disappointed last time out in Singapore as the 2009 world champion was forced to retire form the race following a power box failure just eight laps from the end of the race.
Button is a huge fan of the Suzuka circuit in Japan and has won there for McLaren in 2011 however the Englishman does not expect a repeat this season as he feels that the fact that the team are on an 'upward curve' he expects that the circuit will not suit the characteristics of this year's McLaren.
Despite his retirement from the Singapore Grand Prix and admitting that he feels the team will struggle Button is hoping that he will be able to return to the points for the Woking based outfit to help them to close the gap to the Sahara Force India F1 Team in the race for fifth pace in the Constructors championship which is currently held by the Silverstone outfit.
The race in Japan will be of extra importance for both McLaren drivers, Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen as the circuit is owned by McLaren's new engine supllier Honda who will take over from Mercedes in 2015.
© Ben Johnston 2014