Button expects to fight for 'minor points'
22 October 2013 – Jenson Button says he is expecting to fight for "minor points" at the Indian Grand Prix, with McLaren still trailing the top four teams as a below-par season draws to a close.
Although the Briton has recorded points at the past seven races, his personal best result remains a fifth place, achieved at the Chinese Grand Prix. And with 2014 now a priority for most outfits, he does not expect any major changes to the pecking order.
"The last few races have shown that, realistically, we'll once again be fighting for minor points," said Button.
"Still, I enjoyed my races in Korea and particularly Japan – where it was both satisfying and unusual to be armed with fresh tyres and able to pick off cars on older rubber – so I'll be looking to take the fight to some of the faster cars once again next weekend."
Fellow McLaren driver Sergio Pérez added: "We know we don't have the machinery to fight the top four, but there's always fierce competition around the fringes of the top 10. Scrapping for points might not be what McLaren is all about, but it's satisfying to nail the set-up and the strategy and drive a perfect race. That'll be my aim again here."
McLaren holds fifth in the standings, 21 points ahead of nearest rivals Force India.