McLaren Honda’s Jenson Button believes that the Woking based outfit will be in a position to challenge for top ten finishes from the start of the European season.
Formula One’s European leg of the season starts in five weeks’ time at the Barcelona Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo. The team have had a difficult start to their partnership with Honda having made the switch from Mercedes power over the winter.
The 2009 world champion reckons that the team won’t be challenging for points at the next race in China but if they can make a step forward in the next two weeks they could challenge the top ten at the Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit which takes place just a week after the Chinese Grand Prix.
However Button has conceded that the team are more likely to challenge for points when Formula One heads to Europe next month and Button believes that if they can do this it would be a massive step forward.
Button said that he was happy with the progress the team had made between the Australian and Malaysian Grand Prix.
McLaren Honda Racing Director Eric Boullier has also said that the team have made great progress since winter testing began. The Frenchman stated that the team still need to make another step when it comes to the reliability of the power unit.
He also said that the rate of progress at the team has been extremely reassuring to him and the management at the Woking based outfit.
© Ben Johnston 2015